Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2011
November 12, 2013India should boycott CHOGM completely: TN Assembly resolution
Expressing anguish over India's decision to participate in the upcoming CHOGM in Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu Assembly today passed a resolution at its emergent session demanding "complete boycott" of the summit, as Congress and two other parties kept away from voting.
May 03, 2013TN assembly passes resolution to regain Kachchatheevu
Stepping up its ante against Sri Lanka for its continued attack on Tamil Nadu fishermen, the state assembly Friday renewed its demand to the Centre to regain the administrative control over Kachchatheevu island and surrounding areas, which were ceded to the neighbouring country about four decades ago.
April 08, 2013Stalin, 3 DMK MLAs suspended for 2 days from TN assembly
Opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Members of Legislative Assembly, including M K Stalin, the leader of its Legislature Wing, were on Monday suspended for two days from the Tamil Nadu Assembly for unruly behaviour in the House. Stalin and party MLAs Govi Chezhiyan, Thangam Thennarasu and Moideen Khan had to be physically removed by Marshals after they squatted in front of the Chair of Speaker P Dhanapal.
April 01, 2013DMK members evicted en masse from TN assembly
Opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam members were on Monday evicted enmasse from Tamil Nadu Assembly with a couple of them being handed a two-day suspension for disrupting the proceedings.
March 29, 2013Centre REJECTS TN assembly resolution on Sri Lanka
The government on Friday rejected the resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly -- asking the Centre to stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly nation, to slap sanctions on it and demand a referendum for a separate Tamil Eelam.
March 27, 2013TN Assembly wants UNSC resolution against Lanka
Stepping up pressure on the United Progressive Alliance government on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday demanded that India move a resolution in the UN Security Council for a referendum for separate Tamil Eelam and stop calling Colombo a friendly nation.
February 07, 2013DMK MLAs suspended from TN assembly for remaining session
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam members were suspended on Thursday from the Tamil Nadu assembly for the rest of the session as the House was rocked by noisy scenes with the treasury benches sparring with them on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.
July 03, 2012Raids at premises of 4 former TN assembly officials
The raids were in progress at the premises of former Assembly Secretary M Selvaraj, then Committee Officer P S K Singaravelu, Section Officer, S Balakrishnan, and then Joint Secretary K Indira, Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption sources said.
June 15, 2012AIADMK takes lead in by-poll to TN assembly seat
The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munetra Kazhagam established a comfortable lead over its closest rival DMDK in the by-election to Pudukkottai Assembly constituency on Friday.
April 03, 2012Two DMK MLAs evicted from TN assembly
Two Opposition Dravida Munettra Kazhagam members of Legislative Assembly were evicted from Tamil Nadu Assembly following a heated exchange of words with rival All India Anna Dravida Munetra Kazhagam legislators.
September 14, 2011TN assembly expresses grief over train mishap
Tamil Nadu assembly on Thursday expressed grief over the train accident at Sitheri and conveyed its condolences to the families of the victims.
May 16, 2011Jayalalithaa fulfills major poll promises
Shortly after taking over as chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa on Monday implemented her major poll promises of rice to ration card holders and BPL families, gold mangalsutra for girls getting married and carried out a major shake-up in the state police set-up.
Jayalalithaa sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM
State Governor Surjit Singh Barnala administered oath of secrecy to Jayalalithaa at the Madras University's centenary auditorium in Chennai.
May 15, 2011Jaya, 33 ministers to be sworn in on Monday
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Jayalalithaa will be sworn in as the next chief minister of Tamil Nadu on Monday, May 16, at 12 pm
May 14, 2011Pudu Assembly to be a mix of young and old
The assembly will have nine first-time MLAs along with a host of veterans that will reenter the House after varied periods of absence.
17 DMK ministers bite the dust in TN polls
Besides Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, who won from his native Tiruvarur by a huge margin of over 50,000 votes, other ministers who saved the embarrassment to DMK are his son M K Stalin (Kolathur), Durai Murugan (Katpadi), I Periyasamy (Athoor) E V Velu (Tiruvannamalai), Thangam Thennarasu (Tiruchuli), T P M Mohideen Khan (Palayamkottai) Suba Thangavelan (Tiruvadanai) and K Ramachandran (Coonoor).
Why Jayalalithaa won: A huge 12.41 pc vote swing
The massive 10 per cent swing reflected the public fury against the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regime, hit by the 2G spectrum scam, power cut, skyrocketing prices and deteriorating law and order.
TN Cong chief Thangkabalu steps down
A day after the Congress in Tamil Nadu was decimated in the assembly polls, TN Congress Committee President K V Thangkabalu announced his resignation from the post, accepting moral responsibility for the defeat.
May 13, 2011How Tamil Nadu BIG-SHOTS fared on counting day
Riding on an anti-incumbency wave, Jayalalithaa-led All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam front on Friday stormed to power handing a crushing defeat to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-Congress combine in Tamil Nadu assembly polls.
People have given me rest, says Karunanidhi
Handed down one of the worst poll debacles, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Friday said the people of the state had given him "proper rest," indicating the burden of office was removed from his ageing shoulders
Declare Lankan prez a war criminal: Jayalalithaa
Set to form the next government in Tamil Nadu, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo J Jayalalithaa on Friday said the top agenda for her government would be to restore "law and order" which had "totally deteriorated".
In PHOTOS: Chennai cheers for Jaya; DMK sulks
The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief J Jayalalithaa made a spectacular comeback in Tamil Nadu on Friday with her victory is the 2011 assembly elections, crushing the corruption-hit DMK. AIADMK-led alliance was on the victory lap in 196 of the state's 234 constituencies and stunned DMK and its allies were set to get only 36 seats. Jayalalithaa and her supporters had every reason to celebrate.
Karunanidhi resigns as Tamil Nadu chief minister
Governor S S Barnala accepted the resignation of Karunanidhi and his council of ministers (with effect) from this afternoon, a Raj Bhavan communique said. Accepting the resignation, Barnala has asked the 87 year-old leader and his colleagues to continue functioning in the present capacity as he appreciated the advice and co-operation offered by the DMK president
No power sharing with allies: AIADMK
Describing party chief Jayalalithaa as a "very powerful and strong political leader", AIADMK leader M Thambidurai said she will get a "full majority" to rule the state and "there is no point" in forming a coalition government.
Congress accepts TN verdict, but won't dump DMK
Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said the party accepts the verdict of the people of Tamil Nadu and congratulated All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief J Jayalalithaa on her win in the elections.
TN chants Jaya Ho; AIADMK may get simple majority
In the AIADMK-led front, the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam was forging ahead in 23, the Communist Party of India-Marxist in 10 and the CPI in five constituencies. All top leaders of the AIADMK including Jayalalithaa, O Panneerselvam and K A Sengotaiyan, DMDK founder Vijaykanth, DMK patriarch and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and his son M K Stalin were leading over their nearest rivals
May 10, 2011Exit poll: 'People knew well about 2G scam'
The cocktail of corruption and nepotism has sunk the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam coalition in Tamil Nadu, senior Rajya Sabha leader Dr V Maitreyan tells rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt.
Exit poll: DMK routed, Left loses Kerala, Bengal
Exit Poll conducted by TeamcVoter throws up interesting results in the four states of Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal and Kerala
May 03, 2011'Despite 2G scam, DMK may win TN election'
The issue of corruption will be tested when the results of Tamil Nadu assembly elections would be declared on May 13.
April 14, 2011TN polls: Jaya's stakes higher than 'DMK Family'
Though the stakes of both the Dravidian parties are high in these elections, Jayalalithaa has a little more to lose or gain than the state's First Family, says Neerja Chowdhury
April 13, 2011Congress prays and hopes as Puducherry votes
Over 8.1 lakh voters are exercising their franchise in the union territory of Puducherry for the 30-member assembly where ruling Congress is contesting 17 seats.
Tamil Nadu's closest poll battle reaches climax
Four and a half crore voters will decide the fate of 2,773 candidates.
Karunanidhi hints at coalition govt in Tamil Nadu
Voicing confidence that his party will win the Tamil Nadu assembly polls, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M Karunanidhi on Wednesday hinted at a possible coalition government, a key issue said to have been raised by long-time ally Congress as a post-poll arrangement.
DMK supporters can cast bogus votes: Jayalalithaa
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Jayalalithaa on Wednesday claimed that the Tamil Nadu government had refused to pay the daily allowance to security personnel on poll duty and alleged that the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam might create violence in the event of their absence.
April 12, 2011We will win the battle against money power: CEC
CEC Dr S Y Quraishi in an exclusive chat explains his plans for ensuring an trouble free election in the five poll-bound states.
Cash-for-votes: EC threatens to postpone TN polls
Admitting that incidents of money distribution were occurring despite its strong measures for Wednesday's Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, the Election Commission warned for the second day that it may postpone elections in areas where the malpractice takes place.
Election Commission's real heroes
As you drive into Chennai, what is striking is the conspicuous absence of posters, banners, hoardings in the city, even though campaigning is at its peak for the April 13 elections in the state.
Jaya, Karuna richest CM candidates; VS poorest
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo Jayalalithaa has declared assets valued at Rs 51 crore, both movable and immovable, in her election affidavit.
April 11, 2011TN polls: Campaigning comes to an end
Sporadic violence on Monday marred the end of campaign for assembly polls in Kerala leaving a minister injured while curtains came down on electioneering in neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for the single-phase elections on April 13.
In TN, Rajapaksa's friend seeks a second chance
visits Ramanathapuram in poll-bound Tamil Nadu and meets Congress MLA K Hasan Ali, whom his opponents dub as 'traitor' for being a friend to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse.
A Raja's brother arrested for 'bribing voters'
Former Telecom Minister A Raja's brother has been arrested on charges of 'bribing' voters in Perumbalur district in the run up to the April 13 Tamil Nadu assembly polls, police said on Monday.
April 09, 2011Madurai voters speak: 'Undercurrents against DMK'
Madurai, the second largest city in Tamil Nadu, is known as the gateway to the south of the state. It is famous for its Meenakshi temple and Thirumal Nayakar's palace. The Vaigai river flows through the city, though there is not much water flowing in it in the summer months.
Differing voices in P Chidambaram's Sivaganga
visits Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's Sivaganga constituency in poll bound Tamil Nadu, and tries to gauge its multi-layered political atmosphere.
Why Alagiri is southern TN's 'undisputed' leader
Known for his organisational skills, Union Minister and party's strongman M K Alagiri shies away from open electioneering. But he is always on the move, crisscrossing southern Tamil Nadu giving 'pep talks' to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam cadre
Safe waters: That's all Ramanathapuram wants
Fishermen in Ramanathapuram often face the problem of being "harassed" by their Sri Lankan counterparts and naval personnel of that country, while fishing in the Palk Straits.
April 08, 2011Even in absence, Perambalur feels Raja's presence
Having traversed through the DMK bastion of Thiruvarur and the AIADMK stronghold of Srirangam,
concludes his poll journey in Peramabalur -- the hometown of jailed former telecom minister A Raja -- which slowly seems like slipping out of the DMK's hands.
TN minister takes on her father's nemesis
Poongothai first successfully contested from this constituency in 2006, two years after her father Aruna, a Law Minister in the 1996-2001 DMK government, was killed allegedly by his rivals in his native place. When he was killed, Aladi Aruna was not with the DMK.
April 07, 2011Rahul Gandhi seeks support in Sivaganga
A Ganesh Nadar reports on a public meeting addressed by Rahul Gandhi and P Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu.
In Andipatti, only 'two leaves' matters
What matters here is whether the candidate is from All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam headed by J Jayalalithaa or if he is contesting on the late matinee idol MG Ramachandran's symbol 'two leaves', which still attracts people in southern Tamil Nadu like a magnet.
In Thiruvarur, a daughter seeks votes for the CM
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter Selvi is sweating it out in Thiruvarur, seeking votes for her father. Despite odds stacked up against him, her father's AIADMK rival K M Rajendran is confident about causing an upset in the DMK chief's hometown.
reports from Thiruvarur.
April 06, 2011In the poll season, this Tamil star spares none
Hundreds of people wait in the scorching sun for over an hour at a street in Andipetti in Theni district of Tamil Nadu.
Amma isn't the blessed one yet in her temple town
travels to temple town Srirangam in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, a seat which former chief minister J Jayalaithaa has chosen to contest. But will she be given a red-carpet welcome?
April 05, 2011In A Raja's backyard, '2G scam' is unheard of
He may be cooling his heels in Delhi's Tihar Jail for his alleged involvement in the 2G scam, but the developmental work and the projects he executed in this reserved constituency are the main plank of the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, which is facing a tough competition from arch-rival All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.
'Let us fight a war against Karunanidhi's family'
catches up with Jayalalithaa on her campaign trail in Tuticorin district.
April 04, 2011Puducherry: Face-off between two fronts
The April 13 Assembly polls in the Union Territory of Puducherry is shaping up to be a face-off between two fronts -- the ruling Congress-DMK combine and the oppositon All India NR Congress- All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam alliance.
'I will vote for Jayalalithaa only'
The Srirangam assembly seat, a traditional stronghold of the AIADMK that has elected the party nominees six times since 1977, is witnessing an interesting contest between Jayalalithaa, a two-time chief minister, and a political novice N Anand, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam nominee.
April 01, 2011
Rich, poor, criminals in TN poll frayVicky Nanjappa
takes a look at backgrounds of candidates from Tamil Nadu
No-nonsense EC makes TN polls a drab affair
With the Election Commission keeping a hawk's eye on affairs, the usually flamboyant campaigns for Tamil Nadu polls have turned somewhat colourless, finds A Ganesh Nadar
March 31, 2011
TN poll jackpot: Sona, ghar, rupaiya...
Do you want a washing machine or a fan? This question may well become the crucial factor that determines which party -- the ruling DMK or the Opposition AIADMK -- wins the Tamil Nadu assembly election.
March 29, 2011
'Freebies are not for getting votes'
In an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunandhi defended himself in the 2G spectrum scam and noted that it's not a scam till it's proven in the Supreme Court.
March 28, 2011
AIADMK will form the next government: Jayalalitha
Rediff.com analyses the situation in poll-bound Tamil Nadu as election fever grips the state.
March 21, 2011
'We have given them as many seats as we could'
The 2G spectrum scam involving DMK leader A Raja will have an impact on the party's prospects in the forthcoming Tamil Nadu assembly election, feels DMK spokesperson T K S Elangovan
March 11, 2011
'Congress and DMK partners in corruption'
Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Prakash Karat alleges that the real agenda behind the 'seat sharing drama' between the DMK and the Congress was to cover up the probe into 2G spectrum allocation scam and prevent it from extending to the family of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.
March 08, 2011
Why Cong's ties with DMK still remain entangled
The ice may have broken between the Congress and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam after a standoff in the last two days, but the issues on which the allies were quarrelling still remain.
DMK gives in to Congress's demands
The DMK blinks in the battle of attrition and concedes 63 seats for the Congress under a seat-sharing deal between the two parties, ending three days of political drama.
March 07, 2011
'Karunanidhi looked after family at cost of state'Cho Ramaswamy
, Editor, Tuglaq
speaks to Shobha Warrier
in Chennai on what the future holds for both the Congress and the DMK in his inimitable style.
Decoded: Congress games in Tamil NaduSheela Bhatt
analyses the gameplan behind the Congress's decision to play hardball in Tamil Nadu, to the extent that it doesn't care if the DMK walks out of the UPA government at the Centre.
March 06, 2011
Explained! The DMK-Congress showdown
'How come?', 'why now?', 'what next?' Rediff.com's Krishnakumar Padmanabhan
answers all your questions on the DMK-Congress drama!.
March 04, 2011
The nasty twist in the DMK-Congress taleKrishnakumar Padmanabhan
presents a candid look at the current state of the Congress-DMK alliance in Tamil Nadu.