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The BJP’s ‘look south’ policy sees a dozen southern ministers in Cabinet

The choice of ministers who are young and well-qualified reflects a seeming focus on federalism

New Delhi, India. 10th June 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs first cabinet meeting after forming new government at South Block, in New Delhi on Monday. also seen. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2024 09:27 PM IST

DMK's Tamil nationalism and welfare policy poll planks led to INDIA bloc's win

Welfare schemes, a strong emphasis on Tamil culture and identity, and the strong anti-BJP sentiment in the state cemented INDIA bloc's win in the state

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK chief MK Stalin during a rally in support of party candidate from Chennai North Kalanidhi Veeraswamy ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Chennai, Tuesday, April 16, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI04_16_2024_000053A)(PTI)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 01:13 AM IST

TDP seeks five cabinet berths at Centre, two for its ally Jana Sena

The TDP in the recently concluded general election won 16 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats, the Jana Sena two, and the BJP won three as part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and BJP national president JP Nadda (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 05:32 PM IST

BJP plans reforms ahead of 2026 assembly elections in southern states

The BJP's reorganisation aims to address longstanding issues, reflect regional diversity, and strengthen the party's presence

To garner maximum seats and increase the vote share during the 2026 election, the BJP is undertaking organisational adjustments in Kerala and Tamil Nadu(Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times))
Published on Jun 05, 2024 09:00 AM IST

How Naidu’s triumphant return to power was scripted by Pawan Kalyan' JSP

In a dramatic turnaround, N Chandrababu Naidu's TDP, in alliance with JSP and BJP, has won over 160 assembly seats in the state

Mangalagiri, June 04 (ANI): Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan pose victory signs during his visit to Janasena Party central office, in Mangalagiri on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(Tharun Vinny)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 05:37 AM IST

Gauging the southern pulse: Highlights of poll battles in five southern states

Campaign themes on the ground differed, but largely it was a contest between the NDA’s national prominence and the INDIA bloc members’ regional eminence.

Theni: Tamil Nadu Minister and DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin addresses supporters during an election campaign rally in support of party candidate Thanga Tamil Selvan ahead of upcoming Lok Sabha elections, in Theni district, Sunday, March 24, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI03_24_2024_000086B)(PTI)
Published on Jun 03, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Congress’ revival in Tamil Nadu could depend on the political ally it chooses

Is there a hint of the Congress and the AIADMK working together? Many cues have been dropped on and off by leaders of both parties.

Supporters of Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi and Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister M.K Stalin, arrive for a public meeting in Coimbatore on April 12, 2024, ahead of the country's general elections. (Photo by R.Satish BABU / AFP)(AFP)
Published on May 27, 2024 09:06 PM IST

Varanasi: Southern communities in focus as BJP aims at record win margin

The multi-ethnic population, the 200-odd ashrams and old-age homes that house tens of thousands of voters in the temple town are on the BJP’s wish list.

 Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Nari Shakti Sammelan in Varanasi, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI05_21_2024_000317B)(PTI)
Published on May 22, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Post-poll violence exposes deep rifts in Andhra Pradesh politics

The fierce competition between YSRCP and TDP has led to post-election violence. Incidents of stone pelting and assaults were reported in ten districts.

Tirupati, May 13 (ANI): Security personnel stand guard as voters wait in queues to cast their votes for the Andhra Pradesh Assembly polls and Lok Sabha elections 2024, at a polling booth, at Sullurupeta in Tirupati on Monday. (ANI Photo)(Lakshmi)
Published on May 19, 2024 10:55 PM IST

Why K Kavitha's arrest is not a BRS poll plank

The BRS's cautious approach over K Kavitha’s arrest indicates a strategy to distance itself from past controversies and focus on broader issues in the election.

New Delhi, Mar 23 (ANI): BRS MLC K Kavitha being brought to Rouse Avenue Court to be produced before the Special Judge in connection with the Delhi Excise policy case (ANI Photo/ Amit Sharma) (Amit Sharma)
Updated on May 13, 2024 10:11 PM IST

T'gana BJP running on Narendra Modi’s image and RSS’s low-key campaign on ground

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Telangana 22 times in the last five years, announcing many schemes, including the much-anticipated National Turmeric Board

PM Narendra Modi being felicitated by BJP members during an election rally in Karimnagar district of Telangana on Wednesday. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 10, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Election In Pincodes: Caste and welfare cocktail, with a southern flavour

HT looks at some key constituencies across the country that encapsulate the issues shaping the ongoing Lok Sabha electoral contest.

A volunteer collects data during the caste survey. (HT photo)
Updated on May 09, 2024 12:51 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi’s Rae Bareli candidature triggers omen of neglect in Wayanad

Having handed Gandhi a victory by over four lakh votes in the 2019 election, the electorate now fears being deserted.

India's Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi gestures as he waits to file his nomination papers for the upcoming general elections, in Wayanad on April 3, 2024. (Photo by R.Satish BABU / AFP)(AFP)
Published on May 08, 2024 03:19 AM IST

Family feud re-ignited by the Revanna case threatens to unravel the JD(S)

The scandal involving Prajwal Revanna has exposed deep rifts within the JD(S), hinting at the potential decline of the party's political clout in Karnataka.

Mysuru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, JD(S) Supremo and former PM H D Devegowda, BJP leaders B S Yediyurappa, Sumalatha and NDA candidates Yaduveer, Balraj, H D Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna during an election campaign rally ahead of Lok Sabha election in Mysuru, Sunday, April 14, 2024. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak) (PTI04_14_2024_000285A)(PTI)
Published on May 05, 2024 10:30 AM IST

In the aftermath of the Hiremath case, Congress struggles to address criticism

The Congress is facing criticism for its handling of the Hiremath murder case. Analysts suggest that the party may struggle to retain its Hindu voter base

Hubballi: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah pays his respects to Neha Hiremath, who was stabbed to death on the campus of her college, at her residence, in Hubballi, Thursday, April 25, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI04_25_2024_000288A)(PTI)
Published on May 01, 2024 11:38 PM IST

The Muslim vote will decide the winner of the UDF-LDF tussle in Kerala

With both the UDF and LDF courting their support, the Muslim community's decision could have far-reaching implications in the southern state

A policeman stands guard as people queue up to vote during the second round of voting in the six-week long national election outside a polling booth in Kochi, southern Kerala state, India, Friday, April 26, 2024. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)(AP)
Published on Apr 28, 2024 02:02 PM IST

For Congress in Kerala, 2024 is an electoral gateway to the 2026 state polls

The Kerala electorate has displayed a habit of voting alternately for the LDF and UDF in state elections, bucking this trend only once in 2021

Kannur: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee President K Sudhakaran and other leaders during an election rally ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, in Kannur, Thursday, April 18, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI04_18_2024_000161B)(PTI)
Published on Apr 22, 2024 08:48 PM IST

Southern Lights | The BJP's gambit depends on caste after all

In Kerala and TN, marginalised castes account for more than 75% of the population. Are they willing the BJP as a major political player?

**EDS: IMAGE VIA @narendramodi** Alathur: BJP supporters during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public meeting, ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Alathur, Kerala, Monday, April 15, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI04_15_2024_000170B)(PTI)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 11:08 PM IST

Southern Lights | Heatwave, water crisis hits milk production

Milk yield has dipped by up to 15% in March 2024, compared to the same period last year, milk federations in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu

The stifling heatwave and acute water scarcity in several parts of southern India has led to a fall in milk production (HT)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 09:08 PM IST

In Coimbatore, three first-timers seek votes to bring the town into 21st century

The candidates in the race are from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the opposition All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, and the Bharatiya Janata Party

Coimbatore, Mar 27 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president and Coimbatore Lok Sabha candidate K. Annamalai greets supporters prior to filing his nomination papers from the Coimbatore parliamentary constituency for the upcoming elections, on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(K Annamalai-X)
Published on Apr 06, 2024 12:16 AM IST

As YSR siblings fight each other in Andhra, Congress and BJP look to benefit

The fight in Kadapa between YS Sharmila and YS Jagan Reddy is a battle of wills and political legacy. It is also the story of a family rent apart by politics

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and YS Sharmila(YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Facebook)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 08:39 PM IST

Southern Lights | Indian Union Muslim League sets its sights beyond Kerala

Aiming to fill the vacuum of a moderate Muslim voice in mainstream politics in India, the Kerala-based party is looking to widen its influence

Members of Parliament (MPs) from Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) P.K. Kunhalikutty, E.T. Muhamed Basheer and P.V. Abdul Wahab addressing the media in front of Supreme court after filing a case against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, in New Delhi on Thursday.(ANI Photo)
Published on Mar 23, 2024 05:05 PM IST

How Amul’s entry into South India is causing a churn in the cooperative industry

State milk cooperatives have fostered a no-competition spirit among each other. Now, the Gujarat-based milk procurer has caused a stir as it enters the South

Congress alleging that the ruling BJP is trying entry of Gujarat-based milk cooperative Amul to “strangulate” Nandini (ANI)
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 10:56 PM IST

Southern Lights | Congress' fate in Andhra Pradesh

YS Sharmila's appointment as Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee chief signals the party's attempts to revive its fortunes in the southern state.

New Delhi, Feb 02 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Congress president YS Sharmila meets party president Mallikarjun Kharge, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo)
(YS Sharmila-X)
Published on Mar 14, 2024 07:19 PM IST

Lok Sabha election a tightrope walk for BJP’s new Karnataka president

BY Vijayendra will have to unite a divided party, and bank on both Lingayat and Vokkaliga votes to score high in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections

Karnataka BJP chief BY Vijayendra (PTI)
Updated on Mar 07, 2024 07:41 AM IST

Southern Lights | BJP woos actors in its battle for relevance in Kerala

The party is running campaigns in the state like “Nanni Modi” to showcase its many successes. Kerala is a long-term investment, its state leaders say

Prime Minister Narendra Modi blesses the newly-wedded daughter and son-in-law of actor-politician Suresh Gopi while visiting Guruvayur Temple in Thrissur district on Wednesday (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 10:21 PM IST

A post-NDA AIADMK looks toward minorities to improve its Lok Sabha tally

The opposition party hopes a renewed outreach, coming after it ended ties with the BJP in Tamil Nadu, will help it avoid a rout similar to 2019

Chennai, Feb 19 (ANI): AIADMK General Secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami speaks to the media on Tamil Nadu Budget 2024-25, in Chennai on Monday. (ANI Photo)(Lakshmi )
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 09:04 PM IST

PM Modi’s visits, BJP’s Sneh Yatra: How saffron woos Kerala

The party drew a blank in the 2019 LS polls and the 2021 assembly elections. Here’s how it is trying to make a mark in 2024 in the southern state

BJP chief JP Nadda welcomes Kerala Janapaksham (Secular) leader P C George, his son Shone George and others as the party merges with the BJP on Wednesday. Union ministers Rajeev Chandrasekhar, V Muraleedharan and others also present. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 05:25 PM IST

How will regional parties of southern states set the narrative for 2024 polls?

Can regional parties afford to ignore national narratives of nationalism and Mandir politics in the upcoming polls? We speak to some representatives to find out

Chief ministers Pinarayi Vijayan and MK Stalin inaugurate the Vaikom Satyagraha centenary celebrations. (PTI)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 09:13 PM IST

The troubles of OPS began long before his ouster

The SC refused to stay the Tamil Nadu politician’s expulsion from AIADMK, but the once-close aide of party founder Jayalalithaa has been languishing politically

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam. (Twitter)
Published on Jan 20, 2024 07:09 PM IST
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