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Arun Janardhanan


It’s a crowd in Tamil Nadu, but far from madding for ADMK, DMK
Thu, Mar 18, 2021

In the fray are an alphabet soup of parties flowing seamlessly from one alliance to another.

Explained: Why is T T V Dhinakaran contesting from Kovilpatti?
Wed, Mar 17, 2021

Tamil Nadu elections: Kovilpatti is being seen as a safe seat for Dhinakaran given that the AMMK candidate had polled about 20,000 votes in the Assembly segment in the last Lok Sabha elections.

Madras HC: Suspend former Special DGP accused of harassment
Wed, Mar 17, 2021

Justice N Anand Venkatesh’s direction came during a hearing as the court had taken suo motu proceedings in the case last week.

Thol Thirumavalavan interview: ‘BJP has no stake in people’s lives… Talking religion and God alone won’t help’
Tue, Mar 16, 2021

"BJP has no base in Tamil Nadu as they are a communal party based on religion. Their base is in the RSS movement which is against social justice," says Thol Thirumavalavan

Vanathi Srinivasan: A popular candidate from an unpopular party
Mon, Mar 15, 2021

Among all the BJP candidates in Tamil Nadu, Vanathi is among the best placed to win, due to her popularity and good image

Not DMK, not ADMK, Naam Tamilar Katchi: Seeman as ‘Thackeray of Tamil Nadu’
Mon, Mar 15, 2021

Like it has done for several elections now, the NTK has announced candidates for all the 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, half of them women. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the party, that has never tied up with any other outfit, got 4% of the votes (more than the Left, Dalit parties).

And long lives the family: Stalin son now in race
Sat, Mar 13, 2021

Party insiders claim that had Karunanidhi been around, Udhayanidhi at least would have had to prove his mettle from a tougher Assembly seat than getting the family pocketborough of Chepauk-Triplicane.

In party of the rising sun, another son rises
Sat, Mar 13, 2021

Among the few newcomers in DMK list, Udhayanidhi Stalin makes poll debut from Karunanidhi seat

Explained: Can Captain Vijayakanth save his marooned ship?
Wed, Mar 10, 2021

Tamil Nadu elections: While it is almost certain that Vijayakanth won't be able to make a complete comeback, Premalatha keeps cadres' hopes afloat as she is seen as decisive and a good orator.

Tamil Nadu polls: DMDK quits NDA, leader says AIADMK ‘will lose deposits in all seats’
Wed, Mar 10, 2021

After seat-sharing talks with the AIADMK failed, the decision to walk out of the alliance was made at a party meeting called by Vijayakanth.

Dhinakaran, Owaisi: Why they add up to enough
Wed, Mar 10, 2021

Tamil Nadu elections: As Dhinakaran decides to move ahead with his poll plans even as his aunt V K Sasikala decided to step away from politics, why has he chosen Owaisi, a new entrant to Tamil Nadu politics?

‘Real Dharma Yudham’: Despite Sasikala surprise, TTV to fight polls, joins hands with AIMIM
Tue, Mar 09, 2021

Tamil Nadu assembly polls: “AMMK aims to establish Amma rule in this election. We are definitely going to win,” Dhinakaran said.

Tamil Nadu elections: DMK promises 10 lakh jobs a year, Rs 1,000 monthly wage for housewives
Mon, Mar 08, 2021

Stalin released the vision document at a rally organised on the outskirts of Trichy city.

Tamil Nadu elections: Deadlock resolved, DMK gives 25 seats to Congress
Mon, Mar 08, 2021

A formal pact was signed by DMK chief M K Stalin and Tamil Nadu Congress Committee chief K S Alagiri at the DMK's headquarters in Chennai, 'Anna Arivalayam', on Sunday.

Abandoned by Sasikala in poll battlefield, Dhinakaran in a fix
Sat, Mar 06, 2021

In 2018, Dhinakaran had launched the AMMK as a result of Sasikala’s ouster in order to recapture the AIADMK from its current leadership, and Sasikala, after her recent release from prison, had no second thoughts in declaring her decision to campaign for the polls.

Signs of progress in seat-sharing negotiations between DMK, Congress
Sat, Mar 06, 2021

Congress leaders, however, said a final understanding is expected to be reached following a telephonic conversation between DMK chief M K Stalin and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

Explained: What are BJP’s chances of forming the next govt in Puducherry?
Tue, Mar 16, 2021

While the AIADMK is an ally of NR Congress, BJP’s stake in the alliance remains unclear over the dispute over CM candidature.

As BJP wants her in ADMK, Sasikala stuns: ‘withdrawing from politics’
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

While Sasikala’s surprise and sudden decision is expected to help the ruling AIADMK and avoid splitting of votes, it comes as a jolt to her nephew TTV Dhinakaran, who was ousted from AIADMK along with her in 2017.

Explained: How Kamal Haasan is placed in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls
Tue, Mar 16, 2021

Kamal Haasan is neither a good orator nor a communicator, but he has been increasingly efficient in putting across his messages in simple terms. 

In car, on phone: IPS officer lists ‘harassment’ by Tamil Nadu DGP
Wed, Mar 03, 2021

The Madras High Court had on Monday taken suo motu notice of the alleged harassment, and is directly monitoring the case now being probed by the CB-CID.

ADMK weighs BJP push for Sasikala; DMK Cong’s push for more seats
Tue, Mar 02, 2021

The AIADMK is in a fix as allies BJP and RSS want to facilitate re-entry into the party of ousted general secretary V K Sasikala, the closest aide of the late J Jalayalithaa. On the other side, the DMK is refusing to hand out more seats to the Congress.

Assault case against TN Spl DGP: HC to monitor probe, places restrictions on media, politicians
Tue, Mar 02, 2021

In its order, the Madras High Court restrained political parties from politicising, publicising or issuing media statements about the case, and prevented the media from naming the victim and the accused officer.

Tamil Nadu: Case registered against Special DGP accused of sexual assault
Mon, Mar 01, 2021

The team will also probe the role of Chengalpattu SP D Kannan IPS, who tried to intercept the victim’s vehicle on February 22 when she was on her way to Chennai to file a formal complaint against Das.

TN Spl DGP accused of assault: Officer fled car; 150 cops tried to stop her
Sun, Feb 28, 2021

Asked by reporters about the complaint, Chief Minister E K Palaniswami said Friday: “Nothing has been proved so far. A probe is on.”

Minutes before poll dates announcement, TN govt provides 10.5% reservation for Vanniyar community
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

It is seen as a crucial decision by the AIADMK regime to retain PMK in their alliance even as the party has no representation in the state assembly.