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Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President MK Stalin during a roadshow in support of party Youth Wing leader and candidate from Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni constituency Udhayanidhi Stalin, ahead of Tamil Nadu Assembly Polls, in Chennai, Sunday, April 4, 2021. (PTI)

Single-phase, decisive Tamil Nadu election on Tuesday: All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2021 11:19 PM IST
Touted as the most intense political battle in its electoral history, Tamil Nadu will witness voting in the absence of two stalwarts - AIADMK's J Jayalalithaa and DMK's M Karunanidhi.
**EDS: TWITTER IMAGE POSTED BY @AmitShah ON THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021** Puducherry: Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a roadshow in Puducherry. (PTI Photo)(PTI04_01_2021_000085B)(PTI)
**EDS: TWITTER IMAGE POSTED BY @AmitShah ON THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021** Puducherry: Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a roadshow in Puducherry. (PTI Photo)(PTI04_01_2021_000085B)(PTI)

Single-phase Puducherry election on Tuesday, voting to be held on 30 seats

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2021 10:56 PM IST
  • Even without a robust chief ministerial face both Congress and BJP have expressed confidence in their parties ability to win the 2021 Puducherry assembly elections.
Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat.(Photo @TIRATHSRAWAT)
Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat.(Photo @TIRATHSRAWAT)

News updates from HT: Uttarakhand to vaccinate journalists against Covid-19

PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2021 09:07 PM IST
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DMK supremo MK Stalin’s daughter Senthamarai’s residence was raided by IT officials in Chennai on Friday. (PTI Photo)(PTI)
DMK supremo MK Stalin’s daughter Senthamarai’s residence was raided by IT officials in Chennai on Friday. (PTI Photo)(PTI)

AIADMK writes to EC on IT raids on ministers, alleges ‘political motivation’

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2021 07:51 PM IST
  • Tamil Nadu, which is all set to go to the polls on April 6, has been witnessing a flurry of raids since Friday.
PM Modi addressed a rally in Tamil Nadu's Madurai.(Screengrab)
PM Modi addressed a rally in Tamil Nadu's Madurai.(Screengrab)

'A vote for NDA is vote for better investment': PM Modi's poll pitch in Madurai

Written by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 01:03 PM IST
Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, deputy CM O Panneerselvam and other leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) were also present at the event.
PM Modi at Meenakshi temple on Thursday.(Twitter/@narendramodi)
PM Modi at Meenakshi temple on Thursday.(Twitter/@narendramodi)

PM Modi to address rallies in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, Kerala today

Written by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 06:08 AM IST
Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappaddi K Palaniswami, deputy CM O Pannerselvam and other leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will be present at PM Modi's rallies at Madurai's Amma Thidal Ground at 11.30am, according to news agency ANI.
File photo: The three transferred officers will be attached to the director general of police (DGP) headquarters while awaiting posting orders.
File photo: The three transferred officers will be attached to the director general of police (DGP) headquarters while awaiting posting orders.

Election commission transfers 3 more police officials in poll bound Tamil Nadu

By Divya Chandrababu
PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2021 09:48 AM IST
  • The orders come in the wake of reports of cash seizures from police stations in Trichy west, from where DMK strongman K N Nehru is contesting.
File photo of DMK leader A Raja.(HT Photo)
File photo of DMK leader A Raja.(HT Photo)

DMK's A Raja apologises for remarks against Tamil Nadu CM

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2021 01:16 PM IST
The DMK leader issued a statement in which he said that his remarks were "misrepresented" and only portions of it were carried by media organisations.
BJP workers participate in a bike rally to protest against the ruling TMC government in Kolkata, (Representative Image)(PTI)
BJP workers participate in a bike rally to protest against the ruling TMC government in Kolkata, (Representative Image)(PTI)

News updates from HT: EC bans bike rallies 72 hours before poll day and all the

PUBLISHED ON MAR 22, 2021 04:39 PM IST
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Udhayanidhi Stalin(ANI)
Udhayanidhi Stalin(ANI)

'We don't take Kamal Haasan seriously': DMK's Udhayanidhi Stalin

Posted by hindustantimes.com | Edited by Joydeep Bose
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2021 05:52 PM IST
he 234-members Tamil Nadu assembly elections will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will take place on May 2.
Assembly election in Tamil Nadu has been scheduled for April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2.(PTI)
Assembly election in Tamil Nadu has been scheduled for April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2.(PTI)

DMK fields Poondi Kalaivanan from Thiruvarur, ADMK gives RK Nagar to RS Rajesh

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2021 10:17 AM IST
Here is a look at where the two former chief ministers M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalitha contested and who have been fielded to fill their absence.
MK Stalin while releasing the party manifesto told reporters, “Usually, the DMK’s manifesto is considered as the hero of the elections. This time many are saying our candidates' list is the hero, so I’m releasing the second hero.” (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)(PTI)
MK Stalin while releasing the party manifesto told reporters, “Usually, the DMK’s manifesto is considered as the hero of the elections. This time many are saying our candidates' list is the hero, so I’m releasing the second hero.” (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)(PTI)

Importance of NEET in Tamil Nadu assembly elections

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2021 04:43 PM IST
  • NEET was introduced in Tamil Nadu in 2017 before which admissions to medical colleges took place on the basis of marks obtained in state board exams.
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and AIADMK party leaders during the release of party's manifesto. (PTI)
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and AIADMK party leaders during the release of party's manifesto. (PTI)

It's raining sops! AIADMK promises free washing machines, cable connection

By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2021 01:42 AM IST
  • The AIADMK manifesto comes a day after the principal opposition the DMK released its election manifesto. Both bore several similarities.
Earlier in the day, the CM also criticised the DMK for dynasty politics, after MK Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi Stalin was fielded as a candidate from the Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni constituency in Chennai.(ANI)
Earlier in the day, the CM also criticised the DMK for dynasty politics, after MK Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi Stalin was fielded as a candidate from the Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni constituency in Chennai.(ANI)

TN CM Edappadi Palaniswami confident of ‘sweeping majority’ in assembly polls

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2021 11:03 PM IST
Talking about electoral alliances, Palaniswami said that the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) party breaking its ties with the ADMK would not be a loss.
Several candidates of DMK allies will contest polls using DMK's rising sun symbol.
Several candidates of DMK allies will contest polls using DMK's rising sun symbol.

TN assembly polls: 187 candidates to use DMK's rising sun symbol for winnability

By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2021 01:44 PM IST
  • The DMK’s rising sun and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s (AIADMK) two leaves symbols have more recall value among the electorate.
DMDK on Tuesday quit the AIADMK-led alliance after seat-sharing talks failed.(PTI File)
DMDK on Tuesday quit the AIADMK-led alliance after seat-sharing talks failed.(PTI File)

DMDK walks out of AIADMK-led alliance

By Divya Chandrababu
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2021 03:58 AM IST
The DMDK initially demanded 41 seats — the same number it had contested in alliance with the AIADMK in the 2011 assembly elections, the last time it was in alliance with the AIADMK.
DMK President MK Stalin, Congress leader Mukul Wasnik, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President KS Alagiri and others announce the seat sharing agreement for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, in Chennai on February 20.(PTI Photo)
DMK President MK Stalin, Congress leader Mukul Wasnik, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President KS Alagiri and others announce the seat sharing agreement for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, in Chennai on February 20.(PTI Photo)

'Will not seek share in power from DMK,' says TN Congress

PTI |
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 06:48 PM IST
K S Alagiri said party leader Rahul Gandhi had opined during his recent campaign that the Tamil Nadu election was more than an initiative for a mere regime change and was all about an ideological war.
Amit Shah started the door-to-door campaign by visiting 11 homes at Suchindram town in Kanyakumari.(PTI)
Amit Shah started the door-to-door campaign by visiting 11 homes at Suchindram town in Kanyakumari.(PTI)

Amit Shah confident of NDA victory in upcoming TN assembly polls

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 02:27 PM IST
"I am confident that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)-BJP- Paattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) government will be formed in Tamil Nadu," Amit Shah said.
Former union minister Pon Radhakrishnan along with other BJP leaders has been booked by Tamil Nadu police(Twitter/@PonnaarrBJP)
Former union minister Pon Radhakrishnan along with other BJP leaders has been booked by Tamil Nadu police(Twitter/@PonnaarrBJP)

BJP fields Pon Radhakrishnan in Kanyakumari Lok Sabha bypolls

By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:32 PM IST
The AIADMK has already allotted 23 seats to the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and talks with other parties in the alliance are underway.
“Everyone should unite and work together for upcoming polls," CM Palaniswami said.(ANI)
“Everyone should unite and work together for upcoming polls," CM Palaniswami said.(ANI)

Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami calls for party workers to work towards AIADMK govt

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 04:06 PM IST
"We should make sure the AIADMK comes back to power. Even after 10 years, people of Tamil Nadu are with the AIADMK,” the chief minister said.
VK Sasikala. (File photo)
VK Sasikala. (File photo)

VK Sasikala quits politics, says ‘will pray Amma govt is formed in Tamil Nadu’

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:50 PM IST
Tamil Nadu goes to polls in single-phase on April 2 and the results will be announced on May 2.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

News updates from HT: Covid vaccines to be administered 24x7, says Vardhan

PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 04:53 PM IST
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A senior BJP leader said the party wanted to clinch the seat-sharing deal before home minister Amit Shah's expected visit on March 7. In picture - Amit Shah and TN CM Edappadi K Palaniswami.(ANI)
A senior BJP leader said the party wanted to clinch the seat-sharing deal before home minister Amit Shah's expected visit on March 7. In picture - Amit Shah and TN CM Edappadi K Palaniswami.(ANI)

AIADMK, DMK continue seat-sharing talks with allies for TN assembly polls

PTI |
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 09:31 PM IST
While a senior BJP leader said the party wanted to finalise the pact before Union Home Minister Amith Shah's expected visit later this week, the state Congress said the talks with DMK were cordial.
"Corruption, commission, collection" is an oft repeated statement by Stalin to target the ruling AIADMK over graft charges.(PTI)
"Corruption, commission, collection" is an oft repeated statement by Stalin to target the ruling AIADMK over graft charges.(PTI)

MK Stalin says BJP sided with 'corrupt' AIADMK in reply to Amit Shah

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 02:14 PM IST
Stalin said earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier spoken on similar lines, "now Amit Shah has spoken and tomorrow all BJP leaders coming from the Centre will only say the same thing."
“We scaled down our demand for the seats since the government fulfilled our demand for the Vanniyar reservation,” PMK leader and former Union minister Anbumani Ramadoss said.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)
“We scaled down our demand for the seats since the government fulfilled our demand for the Vanniyar reservation,” PMK leader and former Union minister Anbumani Ramadoss said.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)

AIADMK seals poll deal with ally PMK, allots 23 of 234 seats

By Divya Chandrababu
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 12:41 AM IST
A day after the election commission announced dates for poll-bound states, the AIADMK-led NDA alliance began seat-sharing talks on Saturday morning, first with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and later with the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK).
AIADMK Coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said his party and PMK have decided to face the ensuing polls as allies. PTI file photo
AIADMK Coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said his party and PMK have decided to face the ensuing polls as allies. PTI file photo

Tamil Nadu assembly elections: PMK to contest 23 seats in alliance with AIADMK

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 07:31 PM IST
Single phase elections to the 234 member assembly in Tamil Nadu will be held on April 6.
A delegation from the BJP which included Union Ministers Kishan Reddy, Gen V K Singh, BJP national general secretary in-charge of Tamil Nadu C T Ravi, state party chief L Murugan, held discussions with Chief Minister and AIADMK co-coordinator K Palaniswami and AIADMK coordinator and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam, on Saturday.(AP (Representative image))
A delegation from the BJP which included Union Ministers Kishan Reddy, Gen V K Singh, BJP national general secretary in-charge of Tamil Nadu C T Ravi, state party chief L Murugan, held discussions with Chief Minister and AIADMK co-coordinator K Palaniswami and AIADMK coordinator and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam, on Saturday.(AP (Representative image))

AIADMK, BJP commence talks on seat sharing in upcoming TN polls

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:49 PM IST
BJP state organising general secretary Kesava Vinayagan was also present during the talks. The parleys, according to a BJP senior, were cordial and the deal is likely to be clinched soon.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam along with other AIADMK leaders celebrate their party supremo late JJayalalithaa's birth anniversary at AIADMK headquarters, in Chennai,(PTI)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam along with other AIADMK leaders celebrate their party supremo late JJayalalithaa's birth anniversary at AIADMK headquarters, in Chennai,(PTI)

DMK looks to make inroads in chief minister Palaniswami’s bastion of west TN

By Divya Chandrababu
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 10:28 AM IST
  • Chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami and top cabinet ministers belong to western Tamil Nadu that plays a crucial role in determining electoral outcomes with 50 assembly seats
Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala after paying floral tribute to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa on her birth anniversary, at her residence in Chennai,(PTI)
Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala after paying floral tribute to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa on her birth anniversary, at her residence in Chennai,(PTI)

AIADMK, Sasikala stake claim to Jaya’s legacy ahead of polls

By Divya Chandrababu
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 10:22 AM IST
  • Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala says rival parties have to unite to be victorious; ruling party rejects statements
VK Sasikala (L), who in 2017 was expelled from her leadership position in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party and recently released from prison after serving a four-year sentence for corruption, pays homage at the statue of AIADMK party founder M.G. Ramachandran in Chennai on February 9,(AFP)
VK Sasikala (L), who in 2017 was expelled from her leadership position in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party and recently released from prison after serving a four-year sentence for corruption, pays homage at the statue of AIADMK party founder M.G. Ramachandran in Chennai on February 9,(AFP)

The Sasikala factor in Tamil Nadu politics

By Venkatesha Babu
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 09:42 AM IST
  • The importance of VK Sasikala lies in the fact that while she may not be able to ensure AIADMK a victory even if she rejoins it, she can ensure its defeat if both factions go separate ways electorally.
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