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Edappadi in Salem district has historically remained one of the strongholds of the ruling AIADMK party and the chief minister has won the constituency four times including the 2011 and 2016 assembly elections.(Twitter/@AIADMKITWINGOFL)

Top TN leaders, including chief minister, file nominations for assembly polls

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2021 04:36 PM IST
The last date of nominations for the assembly elections in Tamil Nadu is on March 19 as announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI).
The decision to allot seats to DMDK was taken considering victory in mind, AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran said.(PTI)
The decision to allot seats to DMDK was taken considering victory in mind, AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran said.(PTI)

Vijayakanth's DMDK seals deal with Dhinakaran's AMMK for 60 seats in TN polls

PTI | , Chennai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2021 11:06 PM IST
Candidates previously announced by AMMK for segments now earmarked for DMDK would be withdrawn, Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam top leader TTV Dhinakaran said.
Dhinakaran, an independent MLA, was elected from Dr Radhakrishnan (RK) Nagar assembly constituency in Chennai which fell vacant after late J Jayalalithaa’s death in 2016, who represented the segment.(PTI file photo)
Dhinakaran, an independent MLA, was elected from Dr Radhakrishnan (RK) Nagar assembly constituency in Chennai which fell vacant after late J Jayalalithaa’s death in 2016, who represented the segment.(PTI file photo)

Dhinakaran's AMMK likely to release manifesto for Tamil Nadu polls today

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 08:39 AM IST
On Wednesday, the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) released its first list of 15 candidates for the April 6 Tamil Nadu assembly elections which included names of AIADMK legislators who had sided with Dhinakaran in 2018 and were disqualified.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party Asaduddin Owaisi speaking during a public meeting.(AFP)
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party Asaduddin Owaisi speaking during a public meeting.(AFP)

News updates from HT: Dhinakaran's AMMK gives 3 seats to Owaisi's AIMIM

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 08:58 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala pays floral tribute to former Tamil Nadu chief minister, late J Jayalalithaa, on her birth anniversary on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala pays floral tribute to former Tamil Nadu chief minister, late J Jayalalithaa, on her birth anniversary on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

AMMK's crucial meet tomorrow, Sasikala asks Amma's true followers to join hands

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 10:51 PM IST
Sasikala nd her nephew Dhinakaran were expelled from the AIADMK in 2017. Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK leader E Palaniswami had accused Dhinakaran of conspiring to break the party.
VK Sasikala. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)
VK Sasikala. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)

Sasikala’s political rise and fall after Jayalalithaa’s death- A timeline

By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Chennai
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2021 02:11 PM IST
  • Whether Sasikala, who is popularly called Chinnamma in a continuing reminder of her claim to Jayalalithaa’s legacy fights back for her place in the AIADMK will also point to the direction, her political career may take in the new innings.
The civic polls for rural bodies in Tamil Nadu has thrown up no clear winner.(ANI Photo/File/Representational)
The civic polls for rural bodies in Tamil Nadu has thrown up no clear winner.(ANI Photo/File/Representational)

A glimpse of 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls in the civic polls photo finish, says expert

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan & MC Rajan
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2020 09:19 PM IST
This was yet another electoral test for both the AIADMK and DMK after the passing of their respective stalwarts in Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi. Though, the rural pockets of Tamil Nadu are considered to be AIADMK’s backyard, the DMK put up a strong show there. Analysts believe that the “mixed mandate” is a good indicator of the 2021 Assembly poll.
BJP leaders in the state had also defended Anna University’s decision to offer Gita as an elective course in the syllabus.(HT image)
BJP leaders in the state had also defended Anna University’s decision to offer Gita as an elective course in the syllabus.(HT image)

Dhinakaran supports BJP’s stance on Gita as elective at Anna University

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2019 06:17 PM IST
DMK’s student wing, led by its legislator CVMP Ezhilarasan, had staged a protest against this decision on Tuesday.
AIADMK managed to save its government by winning nine of the 22 assembly seats where bypolls were held, but the strength of the DMK in the assembly has increased, given that 21 of these were held by the ruling party earlier.(PTI Photo)
AIADMK managed to save its government by winning nine of the 22 assembly seats where bypolls were held, but the strength of the DMK in the assembly has increased, given that 21 of these were held by the ruling party earlier.(PTI Photo)

With AIADMK in doldrums, DMK confident of returning to power in TN

Chennai | By MC Rajan
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2019 07:30 AM IST
The DMK-led alliance won 37 of 38 Lok Sabha seats with the AIADMK retaining only Theni.
The AMMK, floated by former AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran has been rocked by desertions after the party’s disastrous performance in the recent Lok Sabha elections and Assembly bypolls in Tamil Nadu.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
The AMMK, floated by former AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran has been rocked by desertions after the party’s disastrous performance in the recent Lok Sabha elections and Assembly bypolls in Tamil Nadu.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

Hammered in elections, Dhinakaran’s partymen make beeline for AIADMK

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2019 06:59 PM IST
A number of AMMK leaders and cadre are now heading back to the parent party AIADMK which is led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam.
Chief minister Palaniswami denied any factional feud in the AIADMK.(PTI)
Chief minister Palaniswami denied any factional feud in the AIADMK.(PTI)

AIADMK veteran demands overhaul in party leadership

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2019 08:47 AM IST
AIADMK veteran and former Madurai Mayor V Rajan Chellappa has demanded a change in the leadership following the party’s rout in the Lok Sabha elections.
AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran on Sunday said that he will file a complaint before the Election Commission regarding non-registration of votes in the polling booths(PTI File Photo)
AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran on Sunday said that he will file a complaint before the Election Commission regarding non-registration of votes in the polling booths(PTI File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections results 2019- Dhinakaran questions EC over no votes polled for party

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 10:09 PM IST
The AIADMK, which partnered the BJP for the general elections, managed to win just one Lok Sabha and won nine seats in the by-polls.
The MNM, which was launched by Haasan a year ago, projected itself as an alternative to the two Dravidian parties, and fielded candidates in 36 out of the 38 Parliamentary constituencies and 19 out of the 22 bypoll seats.(HT Photo)
The MNM, which was launched by Haasan a year ago, projected itself as an alternative to the two Dravidian parties, and fielded candidates in 36 out of the 38 Parliamentary constituencies and 19 out of the 22 bypoll seats.(HT Photo)

New entrants AMMK, MNM fail to garner votes in TN

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By MC Rajan
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2019 10:07 PM IST
To secure a deposit, a candidate should get one-sixth of the total votes polled.
A plaque in a temple that lists AIADMK Lok Sabha candidate OP Ravindranath — Tamil Nadu Deputy CM O Panneerselvam’s son — as member of parliament even before the election results are out has been altered by removing the ‘MP’ tag, following furore on the social media.
A plaque in a temple that lists AIADMK Lok Sabha candidate OP Ravindranath — Tamil Nadu Deputy CM O Panneerselvam’s son — as member of parliament even before the election results are out has been altered by removing the ‘MP’ tag, following furore on the social media.

OPS’ son becomes MP on Tamil Nadu temple plaque, erased after uproar

Chennai | By MC Rajan
PUBLISHED ON MAY 17, 2019 09:25 PM IST
The Kasi Annapoorani temple, where the incident took place is in Kuchanur in the foothills of the western Ghats and is a favorite shrine for the deputy CM’s family, which is one of its benefactors.
Actor Rajinikanth has said he is ready to contest Tamil Nadu assembly elections.(ANI)
Actor Rajinikanth has said he is ready to contest Tamil Nadu assembly elections.(ANI)

‘Am ready’, says Rajinikanth on fighting state polls if AIADMK loses majority in Tamil Nadu

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 03:07 PM IST
Rajinikanth has said he is ready to contest assembly polls in Tamil Nadu whenever the state goes to the elections.
The results of 2019 polls will not just have a bearing on government formation at the Centre, but also give much needed clarity on the prevailing political uncertainty in the state.(REUTERS)
The results of 2019 polls will not just have a bearing on government formation at the Centre, but also give much needed clarity on the prevailing political uncertainty in the state.(REUTERS)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: AIADMK faces test in election after Jayalalithaa era

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Jha
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2019 01:28 PM IST
The AIADMK created history by retaining power in Tamil Nadu by winning the assembly elections twice in a row, 2011 and 2016, ending a two-decade old trend. Tamil Nadu has flipped between the AIADMK and the DMK since 1989.
A high voltage campaign in Tamil Nadu for the simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls scheduled for April 18 came to a halt on Tuesday, even as cash seizures in income tax raids led to a last-minute cancellation of polling in the Vellore parliamentary constituency.(AFP)
A high voltage campaign in Tamil Nadu for the simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls scheduled for April 18 came to a halt on Tuesday, even as cash seizures in income tax raids led to a last-minute cancellation of polling in the Vellore parliamentary constituency.(AFP)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: First polls after Jaya-Karuna, a challenge for Dravidian parties

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2019 06:32 AM IST
The bipolar nature of TN politics has seen a shift after the emergence of TTV Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), following a rift in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) after JJayalalithaa’s death in 2016.
The raids were conducted at the premises of an AMMK leader in Theni where assembly bypolls are scheduled tomorrow.
The raids were conducted at the premises of an AMMK leader in Theni where assembly bypolls are scheduled tomorrow.

Rs 1.48 crore cash seized from TTV Dhinakaran’s party worker in Tamil Nadu’s Theni

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 09:02 PM IST
Income Tax department officials seized Rs 1.48 crore of unaccounted cash from a worker of TTV Dhinakaran’s party AMMK in Tamil Nadu’s Theni district on Wednesday night.
TTV Dhinakaran leader of Amma Makkal Munntera Kazhagam (AMMK) party.(PTI)
TTV Dhinakaran leader of Amma Makkal Munntera Kazhagam (AMMK) party.(PTI)

‘An ocean of difference between Vajpayee and Modi’: TTV Dhinakaran

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By MC Rajan
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2019 09:34 AM IST
Man of the moment in Tamil Nadu, Amma Makkal Munntera Kazhagam (AMMK)’s TTV Dhinakaran speaks to Hindustan Times in the midst of his campaign at Mudukulathur, a dusty town in Ramanathapuram district.
All the candidates will be fighting as independents in the upcoming Lok Sabha and assembly by-polls for 39 Lok Sabha and 18 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu and one Lok Sabha and one assembly seat in neighbouring Puducherry.(PTI File)
All the candidates will be fighting as independents in the upcoming Lok Sabha and assembly by-polls for 39 Lok Sabha and 18 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu and one Lok Sabha and one assembly seat in neighbouring Puducherry.(PTI File)

TTV Dhinakaran’s AMMK gets gift pack symbol

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2019 11:06 PM IST
This comes days after the Supreme Court directed the EC to consider alloting a common symbol to all 59 candidates of the unregistered party run by run by VK Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran.
Dhinakaran, a claimant for the legacy of former CM Jayalalithaa, had launched the AMMK after being ousted from the AIADMK along with Sasikala in September 2017.(PTI)
Dhinakaran, a claimant for the legacy of former CM Jayalalithaa, had launched the AMMK after being ousted from the AIADMK along with Sasikala in September 2017.(PTI)

TTV Dhinakaran to challenge high court verdict on ‘2-leaves’ symbol

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By MC Rajan
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2019 08:13 AM IST
TTV Dhinakaran is all set to challenge the Delhi high court verdict upholding the Election Commission’s order, granting the iconic ‘two-leaves’ symbol of the AIADMK to the faction led by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.
Chennai, India - Karunanidhi attends court in a defamation case on Monday. (Photo by V Srinivasulu) *pic received on January 18, 2016*(File Photo)
Chennai, India - Karunanidhi attends court in a defamation case on Monday. (Photo by V Srinivasulu) *pic received on January 18, 2016*(File Photo)

Tiruvarur bypoll: For Karunanidhi seat, DMK may opt for family nominee

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2019 08:33 AM IST
“Tiruvarur by-poll is a litmus test for all the three parties. If there is no division within Karunanidhi’s family, DMK will win easily. If Azhagiri contests or fields a candidate, then it is open for anybody,” said Ramu Manivannan, head of the politics and public administration department in Madras University.
Tamil Nadu’s ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Monday ruled out the return of VK Sasikala and her nephew, TTV Dhinakaran, to the party while showing the willingness to re-induct the 18 lawmakers disqualified for supporting them.(PTI Photo)
Tamil Nadu’s ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Monday ruled out the return of VK Sasikala and her nephew, TTV Dhinakaran, to the party while showing the willingness to re-induct the 18 lawmakers disqualified for supporting them.(PTI Photo)

AIADMK ready to re-induct 18 rebels, but says no place for Sasikala, TTV Dhinakaran

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 11, 2018 12:17 AM IST
Sasikala, who took over the AIADMK’s reins after former chief minister Jayalalithaa’s death in 2016, was sacked from the party six months after she was convicted of corruption and jailed for four years in February 2017. In December 2017, Dhinakaran, as an independent candidate, successfully contested the assembly by-election necessitated by Jayalalithaa’s death.
A minister of Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK government has alleged former chief minister J Jayalalithaa was slowly poisoned by her long-term aide Sasikala leading to her death (File Photo)(PTI)
A minister of Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK government has alleged former chief minister J Jayalalithaa was slowly poisoned by her long-term aide Sasikala leading to her death (File Photo)(PTI)

Jayalaithaa slowly poisoned to death by Sasikala with unsuitable food, alleges AIADMK minister

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2018 09:55 PM IST
The allegations, made at a party function at Nilakkottai in Dindigul district Saturday, only spread Sunday when a video of the event emerged. The minister accused both Sasikala and her nephew, TTV Dhinakaran who is now leading a rebel faction of AIADMK.
M K Stalin has urged all regional parties and secular forces to come together under one umbrella to defeat the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabah elections.(PTI)
M K Stalin has urged all regional parties and secular forces to come together under one umbrella to defeat the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabah elections.(PTI)

DMK urges regional parties to come together for 2019 Lok Sabha polls

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2018 04:17 PM IST
MK Stalin said all the opposition parties should come together under one umbrella to take on the BJP in the 2019 poll battle.
Rebel leader and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) general secretary TTV Dhinakaran said that 18 MLAs loyal to him will not challenge their disqualification in Supreme Court and asserted the party’s readiness to face bypolls.(PTI/File Photo)
Rebel leader and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) general secretary TTV Dhinakaran said that 18 MLAs loyal to him will not challenge their disqualification in Supreme Court and asserted the party’s readiness to face bypolls.(PTI/File Photo)

Ready to face bypolls in Tamil Nadu: Dhinakaran camp

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By MC Rajan
PUBLISHED ON OCT 31, 2018 11:15 PM IST
AIADMK rebel leader Dhinakaran has decided to face the electorate rather than fight a legal battle.
The Madras High Court on Thursday upheld Speaker P Dhanapal’s decision of disqualifying 18 MLAs.(PTI File Photo)
The Madras High Court on Thursday upheld Speaker P Dhanapal’s decision of disqualifying 18 MLAs.(PTI File Photo)

Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami may axe 6 more dissident AIADMK legislators siding with Dhinakaran

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan and MC Rajan
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2018 08:40 PM IST
There is a clamour within the AIADMK to rein in the six other dissidents as they continue to be a thorn in the flesh for the EPS government.
The 18 disqualified AIADMK legislators decided to file an appeal in Supreme Court against the Madras high court.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
The 18 disqualified AIADMK legislators decided to file an appeal in Supreme Court against the Madras high court.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

18 disqualified AIADMK MLAs to appeal against Madras HC order in SC

By PTI
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2018 03:12 PM IST
The Madras High Court Thursday upheld the June 14 order of the then Chief Justice disqualifying 18 rebel AIADMK legislators, in a huge relief to the K Palaniswami government.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam(PTI)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam(PTI)

A reprieve for the Tamil Nadu ruling faction

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2018 11:21 AM IST
The upcoming polls for the 39 Lok Sabha and the 20 assembly seats means that the ruling party has only a short window to get its act together
Madras high court on Thursday pronounced its verdict on in the case concerning the disqualification of 18 dissident AIADMK MLAs of Tamil Nadu assembly who owe allegiance to TTV Dhinakaran.(PTI file photo)
Madras high court on Thursday pronounced its verdict on in the case concerning the disqualification of 18 dissident AIADMK MLAs of Tamil Nadu assembly who owe allegiance to TTV Dhinakaran.(PTI file photo)

Tamil Nadu government safe as Madras HC upholds disqualification of 18 ‘dissident’ MLAs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By M C Rajan
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2018 01:33 PM IST
The high court ruling maintains the status quo of the Tamil Nadu government led by chief minister E Palaniswami since the majority needed is 108 in the now-reduced 215-member House, and the ruling faction enjoys the support of 109 MLAs.
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