Worried about the growing clout of the YSR Congress Party in Seemandhra, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has stepped up efforts to forge an alliance with the BJP for the next year’s Lok Sabha and assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh.
The DMK's last-minute U-turn on the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail has more to do with internal politics than coalition compulsions. Shekhar Iyer and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi report.
Early elections to the Lok Sabha may be possible following the reverses suffered by the Congress in UP, Punjab and Goa, and if the UPA allies become recalcitrant. But nothing certain can be said at this stage. Shekhar Iyer & Aurangzeb Naqshbandi report.
The political fallout of the Supreme Court verdict cancelling 122 2G licences granted during then telecom minister A Raja’s tenure is expected to pan out in two phases. Shekhar Iyer and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi report.
With the chances of smooth functioning of Parliament appearing dim, the government is contemplating passing some important legislative businesses in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha even if there is disruption on Wednesday. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi and Shekhar Iyer report.
A bid to settle the Congress-BJP row over appointment of the Gujarat Lokayukta in order to end the stand-off in Parliament has met with strong resistance from Governor Kamla Beniwal as well as state Congress leaders. Shekhar Iyer
and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
report. What's the problem?
Countdown for the exit of second DMK nominee from the Cabinet — after A Raja — appeared imminent as textile minister Dayanidhi Maran came under the Supreme Court's scanner in the 2G Spectrum allocation scam.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is also in charge of party affairs in Tamil Nadu, called on DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday to convey party chief Sonia Gandhi's “concern and sympathy” for his daughter Kanimozhi, who had been sent to Tihar jail in the 2G scam case. Shekhar Iyer and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi report.
A surprise congratulatory phone call from Congress president Sonia Gandhi to AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa on Saturday night, the first formal conversation between the two leaders after 12 years, is bound to rattle a vanquished DMK. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi and Shekhar Iyer report.
Blast from the past
All it needed was a couple of phone calls from senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee on Monday to make the DMK soften its stand after 48 hours of uncertainties over their ties in the Tamil Nadu assembly polls. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, KV Lakshmana & Shekhar Iyer report.
Tracking the crisis
As raids in the Telecom Ministry over the alleged irregularities in allocating spectrum continued for the second day on Friday, the Congress-DMK ties appeared to have taken a downturn. Shekhar Iyer
and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Campaigning for the third phase of polls ended on Tuesday but the uproar over withdrawal of the red corner notice against Ottavio Quatt-rocchi, accused in the Bofors case, has given parties enough ammunition to last them the final two phases.