Edappadi Palaniswami has turned an astrologer. The Tamil Nadu chief minister has predicted that Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth would meet the same fate as Sivaji Ganesan. No, he was not referring to the acting prowess that is common to the three but their foray into politics. “We all know how popular Sivaji Ganesan was as … Continue reading EPS predicts a Rajini-Kamal flop show
By Tenali Rama @Iamtenalirama While it seems that pressure is mounting on the Chennai police to trace Jayagopal, the AIADMK councillor who had put up the illegal banners to celebrate his son's wedding that eventually killed young techie Subasri in a road accident, the truth is something else. Tenali Rama has learnt that Jayagopal has … Continue reading Satire : Subasri death accused tells Chennai police – Replace bathroom tiles
24 July was Dr V Maitreyan's last day in the Rajya Sabha. He broke down, recalling his association with the late Jayalalithaa, putting on record his immense gratitude to her for having sent him to the Upper House for three terms. Vasudevan Maitreyan, once an important player in the AIADMK, today is neither considered a … Continue reading AIADMK’s Maitreyan’s bids farewell to Rajya Sabha, breaks down
Thanga Tamilselvan's move from the AMMK of TTV Dhinakaran to the DMK says the story of Tamil Nadu politics. This propaganda secretary of the party that TTV Dhinakaran floated, fell out with his leader and decided to do a ghar waapsi to the AIADMK. But when the joining letter took its own sweet time to … Continue reading Tamilselvan splits with Dhinakaran, rejects EPS courtship, joins Stalin
Now that S Jaishankar is the External Affairs minister, the BJP has to find a Rajya Sabha seat for the diplomat-turned-minister as well. Given that no Lok Sabha (NDA has only one MP from Tamil Nadu) and Rajya Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu made it to the Narendra Modi ministry, the BJP would prefer to … Continue reading Will MEA Jaishankar go to Parliament via Tamil Nadu?
Why was Tamil Nadu not represented in the Narendra Modi ministry? Well, the needle of suspicion points to the two top leaders of the AIADMK who were reportedly not in sync with each other on who should go to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam was in favour of the lone NDA Lok Sabha … Continue reading Tamil Nadu is absent in Modi 2.0
Tamil Nadu is one of the most fascinating electoral contests this general election. It was a contest between two formidable fronts. The BJP stitched together an alliance with the AIADMK, bringing other smaller parties like the PMK and DMDK into the fold while the DMK worked with the Congress, MDMK, VCK and the Left. The … Continue reading A Stalin show in Tamil Nadu but NDA won’t be a washout : Thanthi TV
It is a given that the DMK would like to win most of the Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu for its voice to be heard in New Delhi. But in the context of the state's politics, MK Stalin will be more excited about the results of the byelections to the 22 assembly seats (18 … Continue reading What is MK Stalin’s calculation in Tamil Nadu?
In a state where it is largely dependent on the AIADMK foot soldiers to give the NDA seats in the Lok Sabha, a big brother attitude was the last thing it needed to show. Yet three recent instances by three senior leaders of the party confirms that the relationship between the BJP and the AIADMK … Continue reading BJP plays Big Brother to AIADMK
In January 2017, at a conclave organised by a media group in Chennai, VK Sasikala, then newly crowned as the general secretary of the AIADMK was the chief guest. Much before she arrived, all the ministers and secretaries in the Tamil Nadu government had trooped into the venue. Among the first to take his seat … Continue reading A survivor named Edappadi Palaniswami
It was a Modi-fied sight at the Prime Minister's election meeting in Theni on Saturday. Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam's son P Raveendranath Kumar was the first off the block. He prostrated before Narendra Modi, even as the PM, taken by surprise, requested him not to do so. That opened the floodgates as … Continue reading Amma-worship, Modi-fied