Kerala Assembly Election 2011
July 08, 2013Solar scam rocks Kerala assembly again
Targetting Chief Minister Oommen Chandy over the solar scam, Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Democratic Front opposition created an uproar in the Kerala assembly, which resumed its sitting on Monday after a fortnight's interlude.
June 20, 2013Heated exchanges in Kerala Assembly over solar scam
The Kerala Assembly on Thursday witnessed uproarious scenes over the solar scam with the Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Democratic Front opposition and ruling United Democratic Front headed by Congress coming face-to-face, leading to the adjournment of the House for the day.
February 13, 2013Chaos in Kerala assembly over Kurien issue
Continuing its pressure on Congress led United Democratic Front government for re-investigation into the alleged involvement of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien in the Suryanelli gangrape case, opposition Left Democratic Front on Wednesday walked out of the assembly after government rejected the demand.
February 07, 2013Suryanelli rape issue rocks Kerala assembly again
Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Democratic Front opposition on Thursday forced the adjournment of the Kerala assembly over alleged police excess against women members of Legislative Assembly demanding re-investigation of charges against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien in the Suryanelli gang-rape case.
February 04, 2013Ruckus in Kerala assembly over Suryanelli case
The Communist Partyy of India-Marxist-led Left Democratic Front opposition disrupted proceedings in the Kerala assembly on Monday, demanding a fresh probe into the allegation of the victim against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien in the Suryanelli gangrape case.
December 09, 2011Kerala assembly meets on Mullaperiyar issue
Moving the submission on the issue at the outset, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy it was unfortunate that Tamil Nadu had not taken into due account the anxieties and fears of Kerala arising out of the existing dam, even in the backdrop of frequent tremors in the area.
May 22, 2011SmartCity top priority of UDF govt: Chandy
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Sunday said the United Democratic Front government's top priority is implementing the SmartCity IT project in Kochi after sorting out issues in the agreement the previous government had with promoters, Dubai based Tecom "which are against the state's interests."
May 18, 2011Oommen Chandy sworn in as Kerala CM
Senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy was sworn in as the 21st chief minister of Kerala on Wednesday at the Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram. Along with Chandy, six floor leaders of the United Democratic Front coalition were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor R S Gavai at the lawns of the Raj Bhavan.
May 16, 2011Rangasamy sworn in as Puducherry CM
N Rangasamy, who ended the reign of his former party Congress in a stunning electoral debut for his outfit, was sworn in as chief minister of Puducherry for a third term on Monday.
May 14, 2011Team lost, but VS is Kerala's 'man of the match'
The veteran CPI-M leader, who set the agenda for the polls by bringing issues like corruption and sex scandals to sharp focus, had mounted a spirited campaign across the state which was the single most factor that helped LDF to shore up its sagging support base reflected in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.
Puducherry assembly to be a mix of young and old
The 30 members elected to the Puducherry assembly are a mix of first-time legislators and veteran old timers making a comeback as the 12-year long Congress rule came to an end in the Union Territory. The assembly will have nine first-time members of Legislative Assembly along with a host of veterans that will reenter the House after varied periods of absence.
Kerala: Tough road ahead for Congress
With the United Democratic Front securing power with a thin majority of 72 seats in the 140-member assembly in Kerala, tough administrative and organisational tasks are awaiting Congress as the lead partner in the bipolar scenario.
May 13, 2011Cong relieved over Kerala; emphatic on Assam, WB
Most senior leaders were not present at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi on the day of the outcome of poll results in five states. The leaders present at the headquarters stayed glued to television sets throughout the day, analysing results
Oommen Chandy: He crafted Congress win in Kerala
A skillful organiser and shrewd strategist with the man-next-door image, 67-year-old Oommen Chandy has been a key player in the Congress in Kerala for over four decades.
Kerala election: Major WINNERS and LOSERS
Congress-led United Democratic Front on Friday managed to wrest power from the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist-controlled Left Democratic Front in Kerala with a wafer-thin majority of two seats in the 140-member Assembly, in the closest poll battle in the state in three decades.
VS -- the tallest communist leader in India
The close assembly election results in Kerala -- where the CPM is the single largest party but won't form the government -- is thanks only to VS's line, which insists that the primary obligation of the party is not merely toward electoral politics but toward the vast segments of dispossessed, marginalised, humiliated, impoverished people, says
UDF wins in Kerala with wafer-thin majority
Led by CPI-M stalwart, 87-year-old V S Achuthanandan, the LDF succeeded in staving off the anti-incumbency trend against the government, which was reflected in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls and civic elections last year, in which the UDF had stolen march over the Left front.
Kunhalikutty bucks allegations, wins from Vengara
Indian Union Muslim League leader P K Kunhalikutty, who was embroiled in a sex scandal-related controversy, has registered an impressive win by a margin of over 30,000 votes from Vengara in Kerala.
April 15, 2011Confident over Kerala, tough fight in WB: Karat
Prakash Karat, the head (general secretary) of the country's premier Left party, the Communist Party of India -Marxist, tells Saubhadra Chatterji it won't be doomsday if they lose power in West Bengal.
April 14, 2011Amul babies are stronger, focused, differs Tharoor
While the entire Congress went hammer and tongs against Kerala Chief Minister V S Achutanandan's 'Amul Baby' remark against Rahul Gandhi, former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor says he does not find it insulting.
April 13, 2011Curtains down for Kerala's fierce poll battle
The rival fronts were locked in a fierce combat in most of the constituencies making it a close contest in the state, which had alternately voted for the LDF and UDF every five years and where even a small swing could be decisive.
Kerala: 'With UDF win development will resume'
As voters queued up in Kerala to cast their ballot in the assembly polls on Wednesday, Union defence minister and senior Congress leader AK Antony reiterated that the United Democratic Front will come to power in the state with a thumping majority.
Massive turnout in TN, Kerala, Puducherry
An average of nearly 78 per cent voters exercised their franchise to elect new assemblies in the key southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and the Union territory of Puducherry on Wednesday.
April 12, 2011At 92, Gowri Amma still packs a punch
keeps up pace with India's oldest election candidate K R Gowri Amma, who has been campaigning vigorously in her 17th election
The Left at a crossroads in Kerala
The "uncommitted" Malayali voter today has hardly any political choice available. Even if he were to choose the Congress-led UDF in the polls on April 13, he would be acutely conscious that five years hence he would have no choice but to revert to the communist-led LDF to run the successor government, writes
April 11, 2011Kerala's youngest candidate is Rahul's choice
"I accept that in India children of politicians are in politics and there is nothing wrong in it but you won't be able to prevail and survive if you are not good," says 27-year-old Hibi Eden, president of the National Students Union and son of a former MP, selected by Rahul Gandhi to contest the Ernakulam assembly seat.
I am not someone who gives up easily: Tharoor
Thiruvananthapuram member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor, star campaigner for the Congress-led United Democratic Front in the Kerala assembly elections, speaks to
about all things political
Congress condemns Kerala CM's 'Amul baby' comment
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday snubbed Kerala Chief Minister V S Achutanandan for his comment describing Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi as an 'Amul baby'.
If LDF returns, Kerala will be 'second WB': Antony
Claiming that the Left Democratic Front government in Kerala had little to show as its achievement, Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday said the state would become the 'second Bengal' if the Left alliance returned to power.
April 09, 2011Left damaged development of Kerala, Bengal: PM
Accusing the Left parties of destroying the progress of West Bengal and Kerala during their rule, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said they were on the "wrong side" of history and pursuing policies not relevant to the changing times.
Kerala poll: Chennithala's return raises eyebrows
Haripad, the rural assembly segment in Kerala's rice bowl Kuttanad, has gained greater political significance with the entry of KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala as the United Democratic Front candidate.
April 08, 2011'There's no leader like Rahul Gandhi in India'
A farmer's son with no political lineage, K T Benny is one of the fresh faces handpicked by Rahul Gandhi in Kerala.
Video: When a Gujarati campaigns for a 'Keralan'
Deepak Babaria, the All India Congress Committee secretary from Gujarat, was one of the many people on the stage before Defence Minister A K Antony's election address in Cheranalloor, Kochi.
Video: A farmer's son fights his first election
A farmer's son with no political lineage, K T Benny was in for a surprise when his name came up as a candidate in the Kerala assembly election. Many in the state Congress also had not heard of the Youth Congress worker who turns 37 on April 13, the day of polling in Kerala.
April 07, 2011Will Oommen Chandy be Kerala's next CM?
After campaigning in Alleppey for the legendary K R Gowri Amma, Oommen Chandy spoke to Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier about forming the next government in the state, development in Kerala and more.
Quiet campaign, red rallies and VS wave in Kerala
Campaigns for Kerala polls may have lost a bit of their grandeur, but they are still marked by occasional bursts of red, finds Shobha Warrier
April 06, 2011Meet crorepati and criminal candidates from Kerala
Kerala goes to polls on April 13 to elect 140 legislators. Of the 970 candidates in the fray, the records of 335 were studied and it was observed that 153 among them have criminal records and 53 are crorepatis. Among the 153 tainted candidates 30 have confessed that they have serious charges against them such as murder, extortion, causing hurt by dangerous weapon etc.
On the campaign trail with Shashi Tharoor
accompanies Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on the campaign trail.
'When polls come, Congress gets suicidal'
'Communism does not charm Kerala's youth today'... 'If Gulf money stops coming, half of Kerala will stop eating'... 'Thank god for the Muslim League'... Writer Paul Zacharia takes on the fascinating world of Kerala politics.
April 05, 2011No 'unholy nexus' with CPI-M in Kerala: BJP
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday refuted the Congress charge as 'baseless' that her party had not fielded a candidate against Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan in the April 13 assembly elections as part of a secret pact with the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist.
April 04, 2011We will make Kerala committed to fight terror: BJP
Announcing the party manifesto at the state headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, national spokesperson for the Bharatiya Janata party said that the BJP will focus on the poor and the downtrodden in the state. He added that the party will be providing homes to the homeless if elected to power in the state.
Kerala polls: Will Chandy magic work this time?
Seeking the mandate for the 10th time after nine wins in a row is something rare in the slippery terrain of Kerala politics. But not so in the case of Congress's chief ministerial probable Oommen Chandy, who is back in the fray in his pocket borough Puthupally.
March 23, 2011
'Politicians need not be corrupt at all'
Former IAS officer KJ Alphons
discusses why he wants to enter national politics.
March 07, 2011
Worrying case of Kerala's terror-politics cocktail
Is the political class in Kerala being used as a springboard by extremist elements aiming to establish base in the state? The Nadapuram blast shockingly points out this trend, writes Vicky Nanjappa
March 02, 2011
Kerala gears up for the big political battle
As Kerala is set to go for assembly polls on April 13, the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Democratic Front and the Congress-led United Democratic Front have to race against time as they are yet to finalise the seat-sharing exercise among partners and each component to work out the list of their contestants.