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With Tamil Nadu witnessing a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases, chief minister M K Stalin on Saturday announced clamping the two-week "total lockdown" across the state (ANI Photo)

AIADMK, PMK welcome Covid-19 lockdown in Tamil Nadu, BJP calls it 'hasty'

PTI | , Chennai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2021 05:00 PM IST
  • AIADMK Coordinator O Panneerselvam welcomed the government's decision to keep the low-cost Amma Canteen eateries, an initiative of his party-led previous government, open during this period.
COurtesy: ANI
COurtesy: ANI

DMK's MK Stalin takes oath as Tamil Nadu's next chief minister

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shivani Kumar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New D4elhi
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2021 11:41 AM IST
  • Stalin's DMK won 133 seats in the recently held elections for the 234-member assembly. The party contested the polls in alliance with some other regional parties and Congress.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and party president Sonia Gandhi arrive to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi, May 30, 2019.(Reuters)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and party president Sonia Gandhi arrive to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi, May 30, 2019.(Reuters)

Dissent within the Congress might get louder after poll debacle

By Vinod Sharma, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2021 07:35 AM IST
For the Congress it brings home the imperative of setting its house in order regardless of who’s at the helm in the party.
MK Stalin will have to face a second wave that is more virulent(AFP)
MK Stalin will have to face a second wave that is more virulent(AFP)

As Stalin sets out to take charge of Tamil Nadu, many challenges loom ahead

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2021 12:29 AM IST
  • The 68-year-old chief minister-elect for Tamil Nadu is ready to take on the new role at a time when the state is fighting the Covid-19 surge, debt and many more challenges.
DMK president MK Stalin. (File photo)
DMK president MK Stalin. (File photo)

What the verdict means for MK Stalin: Ends 40-year wait for power

UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2021 08:01 AM IST
The outcome of assembly elections in four states — West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Kerala — and the Union territory of Puducherry will have an impact on the political fortunes of both national and state leaders in the months and years ahead.
Congress leader Sonia Gandhi speaks in a video message in New Delhi. (PTI)
Congress leader Sonia Gandhi speaks in a video message in New Delhi. (PTI)

Sonia Gandhi congratulates Mamata Banerjee, MK Stalin for poll win

ANI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2021 07:24 AM IST
The counting of votes, which began at 8 am on Sunday, is still being counted in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.
All India Trinamool Congress’s (TMC) victory in West Bengal has belied all predictions(AFP)
All India Trinamool Congress’s (TMC) victory in West Bengal has belied all predictions(AFP)

Four key messages from the election results

By Roshan Kishore, Abhishek Jha
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2021 08:32 AM IST
  • There is no denying the fact that TMC’s big victory is a huge achievement for Mamata Banerjee, especially when seen in the backdrop of the reverses her party suffered in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
One of the reasons behind the AIADMK’s relative comeback -- it has still lost the elections with a big margin between 2019 and 2021 -- could be the government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis. (PTI Photo)(PTI)
One of the reasons behind the AIADMK’s relative comeback -- it has still lost the elections with a big margin between 2019 and 2021 -- could be the government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis. (PTI Photo)(PTI)

Pro-incumbency stops 2019-like roll out

By Abhishek Jha, Roshan Kishore, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2021 08:33 AM IST
  • The decision of the DMK and the AIADMK to contest more seats in these elections than in 2019 has also yielded different results in terms of strike rates.
As per official data from the Election Commission of India as of 10 pm, Srinivasan was leading with 45,932 votes, Haasan 45,042 and Jayakumar 39,413. (ANI Photo)
As per official data from the Election Commission of India as of 10 pm, Srinivasan was leading with 45,932 votes, Haasan 45,042 and Jayakumar 39,413. (ANI Photo)

Kamal Haasan loses Coimbatore south to BJP’s Vanathi by a thin margin

By HT Correspondent, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2021 06:31 AM IST
  • Kamal Haasan, who made his electoral debut with the TN assembly elections, made a surprise move by choosing Coimbatore (south) as his constituency while he was expected to contest from Chennai.
The two eastern states – West Bengal and Assam – have seen their cases rise most from this group, 54% and 76% respectively. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
The two eastern states – West Bengal and Assam – have seen their cases rise most from this group, 54% and 76% respectively. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

Polls and Covid-19: 5 regions, 5 big spikes

By Jamie Mullick, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2021 08:31 AM IST
  • In all five – Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal – the seven-day average of new cases has increased at a rate more than twice that of the national average in the past week, shows an analysis by HT.
The Congress will seek to overcome immediate questions by focusing — and rightly so, in many ways, as this is its job as the Opposition. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)(HT_PRINT)
The Congress will seek to overcome immediate questions by focusing — and rightly so, in many ways, as this is its job as the Opposition. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)(HT_PRINT)

Assembly Elections 2021: Congress faces existential crisis

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2021 08:32 AM IST
  • The party relies on the leadership of the Gandhis to win votes, but that ability to win votes of the family has not been visible for a set of elections now.
The results showed that despite being in power for 10 consecutive years, there was no strong anti-incumbency in this election. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)(PTI)
The results showed that despite being in power for 10 consecutive years, there was no strong anti-incumbency in this election. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)(PTI)

AIADMK puts up a tough fight, retains bastions

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2021 04:39 AM IST
The AIADMK alliance was winning or leading in 77 seats . In contrast, the DMK-led alliance won or was ahead in 157.
A member of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) holds a placard with the image of DMK leader M.K. Stalin during celebrations for the DMK results on the 2021 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election, at the party headquarters in Chennai on May 2, 2021. (AFP)
A member of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) holds a placard with the image of DMK leader M.K. Stalin during celebrations for the DMK results on the 2021 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election, at the party headquarters in Chennai on May 2, 2021. (AFP)

How MK Stalin swept Tamil Nadu to bring his dream to fruition

By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2021 08:27 AM IST
Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin was born on March 1, 1953, to five-time chief minister MK Karunanidhi and his first wife, four days before Russian communist leader Joseph Stalin’s death.
DMK workers celebrate the party’s win in the Tamil Nadu assembly poll results, at the party headquarters in Chennai on Sunday. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)(PTI)
DMK workers celebrate the party’s win in the Tamil Nadu assembly poll results, at the party headquarters in Chennai on Sunday. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)(PTI)

Tamil Nadu polls: DMK sun rises again

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2021 04:37 AM IST
  • According to the numbers at 10pm, the DMK had enough seats in the house to form the government on its own
Supporters of various political parties have gathered to celebrate in all four states and Puducherry as early trends show their party leading.
Supporters of various political parties have gathered to celebrate in all four states and Puducherry as early trends show their party leading.

'File FIRs against those gathered to celebrate party leads in elections': EC

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2021 01:47 PM IST
Further, the poll panel has said the station house officers (SHO) of the concerned police stations should be suspended in view of their failure to ensure people followed the commission's earlier order.
Netaji Indoor Stadium getting ready for the counting of votes of the West Bengal Assembly election, in Kolkata on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Netaji Indoor Stadium getting ready for the counting of votes of the West Bengal Assembly election, in Kolkata on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

Counting of votes begins for assembly elections in four states, one UT

UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2021 07:46 AM IST
Given the scale of these assembly election results, the outcome of the polls is likely to have implications for politics at a national level. The EC guaranteed that all necessary precautions and safety measures will be undertaken during the vote-counting process, keeping the raging pandemic in mind.
Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Election Results 2021: Counting of votes in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are underway on Sunday (May 2)
Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Election Results 2021: Counting of votes in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are underway on Sunday (May 2)

Tamil Nadu, Puducherry Results Highlights: AINRC wins 10 seats as BJP, DMK bag 5

UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2021 11:44 PM IST
Catch Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Assembly Election Results LIVE Updates and latest news here on Hindustan Times.
The counting of votes will begin at 8am on Sunday.(PTI Photo) (PTI)
The counting of votes will begin at 8am on Sunday.(PTI Photo) (PTI)

Counting in Covid cloud for today’s Verdict 2021

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2021 06:47 AM IST
  • Besides Bengal, opinion poll projections for other states have largely been along expected lines in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Results of the assembly elections held over the past month in the four states and one union territory will be announced on May 2. (Ashok Bhaumik / PTI)
Results of the assembly elections held over the past month in the four states and one union territory will be announced on May 2. (Ashok Bhaumik / PTI)

Assembly elections 2021: 200% increase in halls for counting amid Covid-19

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 08:24 PM IST
"The counting will take place at 2,364 counting halls as compared to 1,002 halls in 2016 elections, this amounts to more than 200 per cent increase in counting halls. This is in view of the commission’s directions on Covid safety measures and guidelines...," a press release read.
A counting agent is being tested at a vote counting centre in Siliguri, West Bengal.(AFP)
A counting agent is being tested at a vote counting centre in Siliguri, West Bengal.(AFP)

Assembly elections 2021 results date and time: When and where to watch

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 03:56 PM IST
Assembly elections 2021 results: In the last few days, all counting agents have been tested for Covid-19 as the Election Commission has made negative test report mandatory to enter the counting halls on May 2.
There can be no celebrations, bursting of crackers and rallies till the present grim situation of pandemic eases, the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said.(File Photo / PTI)
There can be no celebrations, bursting of crackers and rallies till the present grim situation of pandemic eases, the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said.(File Photo / PTI)

No celebrations, bursting of crackers over election results, says Madras HC

PTI | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2021 08:05 PM IST
Counting of votes polled in the April 6 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry will be taken up on Sunday.
An election rally in West Bengal. (AP File Photo )
An election rally in West Bengal. (AP File Photo )

EC asks Madras High court to stop media from reporting judges’ ‘oral comments’

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2021 11:37 AM IST
  • The EC has been facing flak for allowing political parties to hold election rallies in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry, where supporters turned up in huge numbers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Supporters of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) participate in an election rally ahead of the third phase of West Bengal state elections in Kolkata, India, Monday, April 5, 2021. (AP)
Supporters of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) participate in an election rally ahead of the third phase of West Bengal state elections in Kolkata, India, Monday, April 5, 2021. (AP)

Cliffhanger in Bengal, Stalin sweep in Tamil Nadu, predict exit polls

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2021 04:42 AM IST
Some polls gave the BJP, which pulled out all stops in its campaign, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah leading from the front, the edge.
Tamil Nadu and Kerala Exit Poll results(PTI)
Tamil Nadu and Kerala Exit Poll results(PTI)

Exit Polls 2021: DMK to register big win in Tamil Nadu, Vijayan to retain Kerala

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2021 10:44 PM IST
  • Pollsters have predicted a clear victory for the incumbent Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala and a huge win for Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters wear masks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they gather for a rally addressed by Modi ahead of West Bengal state elections in Kolkata, India.(AP)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters wear masks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they gather for a rally addressed by Modi ahead of West Bengal state elections in Kolkata, India.(AP)

Ahead of results, Election Commission drafts 3-layer plan against Covid

By Deeksha Bhardwaj, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2021 01:22 AM IST
The counting for state polls in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry is scheduled for May 2 amid an alarming surge in infections that has overwhelmed the country’s health care infrastructure.
The Madras High Court was hearing a petition on facilities to ensure that Covid-19 safety norms are followed during voting in Tamil Nadu's Karur constituency. (File Photo / PTI)
The Madras High Court was hearing a petition on facilities to ensure that Covid-19 safety norms are followed during voting in Tamil Nadu's Karur constituency. (File Photo / PTI)

EC officials should probably be booked for murder: Madras high court

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2021 12:56 PM IST
The Madras High Court noted that the Election Commission is "singularly responsible" for the second wave of Covid-19 and said that the poll body's officials could be booked for murder for allowing political rallies amid the ongoing coronavirus disease pandemic.
Kamal Hassan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam is set to contest the local bodies elections in Tamil Nadu in a bid to carve out its own political space.(PTI)
Kamal Hassan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam is set to contest the local bodies elections in Tamil Nadu in a bid to carve out its own political space.(PTI)

MNM complains of 'mystery' vehicles and men in EVM strong rooms, seeks EC action

PTI | , Chennai
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 04:13 PM IST
  • Alleging the presence of 'mystery' vehicles and men in such centres, he said it was the EC's duty to instill confidence in voters, political parties and candidates that the elections have been held appropriately and the results announced honestly.
Taking note of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country, the poll body reiterated that the use of face masks, hand sanitisers, and thermal scanners etc was mandatory at all election-related events.(Twitter)
Taking note of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country, the poll body reiterated that the use of face masks, hand sanitisers, and thermal scanners etc was mandatory at all election-related events.(Twitter)

Won't hesitate to ban: EC says 'laxity' in following Covid norms during rallies

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2021 06:08 AM IST
The ECI wrote to all state and national parties on Friday and said it takes "serious view of the laxity in maintaining norms, particularly not wearing masks by political leaders on stage" and it could ban them from holding rallies in case the situation does not improve.
Madurai: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Udhayanidhi Stalin during an election campaign rally in support of his party's Madurai North constituency candidate Ko Thalapathi, ahead of Tamil Nadu assembly polls, in Madurai, Monday, March 22, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI03_22_2021_000150B)(PTI)
Madurai: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Udhayanidhi Stalin during an election campaign rally in support of his party's Madurai North constituency candidate Ko Thalapathi, ahead of Tamil Nadu assembly polls, in Madurai, Monday, March 22, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI03_22_2021_000150B)(PTI)

'No breach of poll code': Udhayanidhi on remarks on Sushma Swaraj, Jaitley

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2021 09:34 PM IST
The son of DMK chief MK Stalin was pulled up by the poll body for his remarks on late Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders. Udhayanidhi claimed that the two BJP leaders were "unable to tolerate the pressure and torture" given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and died due to it.
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