Arun Janardhanan


In rare thaw, Jayalalithaa thanks Stalin for attending function
Wed, May 25, 2016

A day after controversy over Stalin being allotted a back-row seat at the venue of her swearing-in ceremony, Jayalalithaa said there was no intention to show disrespect to him or his party.

Challenges for Jayalalithaa: Revenue losses and a strong Opposition
Tue, May 24, 2016

The people's verdict has been decisive but what remain uncertain is the state's financial status—it’s economy has seen the steepest rise in debt, about 92 per cent, according to various reports, in the last five years.

CM Jayalalithaa day 1: Phased ban on liquor, loan waiver
Tue, May 24, 2016

Minutes after taking charge as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for a consecutive second term, J Jayalalithaa on Monday announced a list of government schemes in keeping with her campaign promises.

The others who died with Rajiv Gandhi: Families talk of struggle, neglect
Sun, May 22, 2016

Most of them were reluctant to talk. Many complained of indifference and neglect.

Jaya to meet Governor today, swearing-in likely on May 23
Sat, May 21, 2016

The date will be formally announced by the governor on Saturday.

Tamil Nadu: Late Opposition surge but by then Amma welfare net had hauled in rich catch
Fri, May 20, 2016

The AIADMK swept most of the seats in several pockets, including the politically sensitive Kongu belt comprising six districts with a sizeable share of OBC-Gounder votes.

DMDK-led third front draws a blank, Vijayakanth defeated
Fri, May 20, 2016

‘Coalition morale suffered after Vaiko refused to contest’

Banking on Stalin, DMK too claims win, emerges as strong Opposition
Fri, May 20, 2016

With nearly 90 seats in the state assembly, and nearing 100 if ally Congress’s eight are taken into account — actually gave DMK a morale boost after facing a series of electoral setbacks since the 2011 assembly polls.

The Alagiri factor: DMK loses eight of 10 seats in Madurai region
Fri, May 20, 2016

Alagiri denied any role in role in defeating his father’s party, saying he was not interested in politics now.

Jayalalithaa bucks anti-incumbency trend, writing on wall at her huge rallies
Fri, May 20, 2016

Apart from her government’s achievements and sops, what helped Jayalalithaa was the multi-cornered fight, especially the presence of the Vijayakanth-led PWF-TMC alliance that appears to have split DMK votes.

Puducherry is Congress’ consolation win
Fri, May 20, 2016

In alliance with DMK, party avenges 2011 defeat at the hands of Rangasamy, who had quit Congress

The Jayalalithaa model works: Power to the people and freebies for the poor
Thu, May 19, 2016

Those who persisted in believing that the AIADMK would prevail were the people who live in the villages, the auto drivers and tea makers who have no access to Twitter or Whatsapp or any forms of social media.

Sadiq Batcha suicide case: 5 yrs on, youth says he killed A Raja’s aide with top cop’s help
Thu, May 19, 2016

Prabhakaran alleged that he murdered Batcha along with the then state police intelligence chief Jaffer Sait and Raja's close relative Paramesh Kumar in March 201.

Jaya’s camp starts to plan for swearing-in, Stalin’s team debates over venue
Thu, May 19, 2016

Since the exit polls shut out the party, a few AIADMK leaders from the districts have shown signs of nerves, calling up journalists about trends.

How Jaya and Karunanidhi campaigned in the 2016 Assembly polls
Wed, May 18, 2016

34 years after she became a member of AIADMK, Jayalalithaa has remained a crowd-puller in the 2016 assembly elections with thousands of people thronging to her rallies.

The crores EC seized before postponing polls to 2 Tamil Nadu seats
Wed, May 18, 2016

The team also seized 200 sarees and dhotis with slips reportedly revealing these had been bought at Rs.1.30 crore.

Tamil Nadu Rs 570 crore confusion: Behind row, cops in lungis, trucks on move
Tue, May 17, 2016

When 3 trucks headed out into the night with money from one SBI branch to another, confusion followed

Tamil Nadu Assembly elections: CM Jayalalithaa asks voters to step out, Thanjavur polls deferred after seizure of cash
Mon, May 16, 2016

The DMK, on the other hand, is hoping to make a comeback, counting on anti-incumbency and the promise of prohibition.

No multi-cornered contests in Tamil Nadu: It’s AIADMK vs DMK
Mon, May 16, 2016

One of the telling figures of the campaign was the Election Commission's seizure of over Rs 100 crore in cash in Tamil Nadu. According to EC officials, this is the highest pre-election cash seizure anywhere in the country.

Tamil Nadu elections: Jayalalithaa hopes for rich catch in welfare net for poor
Mon, May 16, 2016

Her 32 major rallies across the state and dozen road shows in Chennai were all occasions for her to detail achievements and figures of growth in various sectors

Tamil Nadu elections: Two confident leaders and a Rs 570-crore cash confusion
Sun, May 15, 2016

Karunanidhi, in turn, wrote, “Jayalalithaa is an embodiment of ego and arrogance”, and that her statements with phrases such as “my government” and “I announce” will not be forgotten by the people.

Tamil Nadu: Congress hopes for gains, BJP falls back
Sat, May 14, 2016

The Congress, which is fighting 41 seats as part of the DMK-led alliance, is confident of winning at least 20 seats

In Tamil Nadu, campaign shifts to final gear
Sat, May 14, 2016

Several opinion polls have given a slight edge to arch-rivals DMK in what is expected to be a closely fought election, and AIADMK leaders are hoping that Jayalalithaa’s letter will turn out to be a wake-up call for party functionaries.

Battling ahead, a ‘general’ in waiting in Tamil Nadu
Fri, May 13, 2016

With a new brand management team, 9-month-long campaign and a cleaner image than most, Stalin is ready in the wings

DMK doesn’t know how to use me…won’t vote this time: MK Alagiri
Thu, May 12, 2016

Alagiri’s disappearance from the poll scene has left many of his supporters in southern Tamil Nadu in a fix.

Tainted by graft, ex-DMK ministers struggle
Thu, May 12, 2016

Among those with a tainted image is senior DMK leader K Ponmudi, who served as the higher education and the mines minister in the previous government

Out of favour, former Jayalalithaa aides find going tough
Wed, May 11, 2016

The belief that Panneerselvam is no longer in Jayalalithaa’s good books is expected to hurt his chances.

90% will stop drinking, 5% will go to other states, 5% chronic cases will get treatment, says Anbumani Ramadoss
Tue, May 10, 2016

PMK’s CM candidate tells The Indian Express how party proposes to enforce prohibition.

Beyond the Cash in Tamil Nadu: In seizure list, vouchers for fuel, cell recharge and shopping
Mon, May 09, 2016

“Some 700 tokens have been seized, cases have been registered and the two petrol pumps have been sealed,” said Rajesh Lakhoni, the state’s chief electoral officer.

PMK, VCK, even a Tamil Nadu version of MNS… Smaller parties throw northern TN wide open
Mon, May 09, 2016

These smaller parties — as well as Vijayakanth’s DMDK that seeks to project itself as a party above caste politics — present the voter a variety of choices, with the PMK too contesting alone this time.

Tamil Nadu doesn’t need a CM who won’t step out in crisis: Rahul Gandhi
Sun, May 08, 2016

Attacking the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister over a host of issues, including unemployment, he alleged that her rule was marked by corruption and that industries had migrated to other states.

Amid Tamil Nadu’s caste rivalry and honour killings: A Time to Love and A Time to Die
Sun, May 08, 2016

In Tamil Nadu’s caste wars, young Dalit-OBC couples find themselves up against old prejudice, new socio-economic realities and an indifferent state.

Govt tightening screws: Modi on campaign trail
Sat, May 07, 2016

Without taking names, he added, “In this chopper scam... shouldn’t we punish those who committed a crime? Do you demand a punishment for them or not? I want to see them punished, all who are behind the theft should be punished.”

AIADMK manifesto | Jayalalithaa knows best: Offers free phones, gold, loans, power, land
Fri, May 06, 2016

The AIADMK leader also said that coupons worth Rs.500 would be given to all ration card holders, school students would continue to get free laptop and farm loans would be written off.

Sonia asks Chennai: Did Jayalalithaa govt wipe your tears during floods?
Fri, May 06, 2016

Sonia also accused Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of failing to keep his promise of settling insurance claims in four weeks: “It has been four months now, no such thing has happened.”

Sonia to share stage with Karunanidhi, Jaya to address 5 rallies in Chennai
Thu, May 05, 2016

Top sources in the AIADMK said Jayalalithaa has decided to address five rallies on Friday for two reasons - opinion polls showing her in a weaker spot and the heat.