Opinion Politics South India

Rajini talk implies ADMK government might fall after May 23

Tamilnadu film industry superstar and aspiring politician Rajinikanth on Friday said he is ready to contest assembly elections in Tamil Nadu “whenever” the state goes to the polls.   “Whenever it is announced I am ready. I will decide after May 23,” news agency ANI quoted Rajinikanth as saying to a question whether he will Read More…

Politics Votes & Polls

VVPAT Slips found in School , EC lied in Supreme Court says Naidu

At least 200 slips of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were found in a government school premises in Atmakur town of Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district on Monday, triggering panic among district officials.   The incident came to light at a time when Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Read More…

National Politics Votes & Polls

Undeterred 21 Parties to approach SC again for 50% VVPAT verification

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who Saturday met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora to raise the issue of EVM malfunctioning, said 21 political parties have demanded verification of VVPAT paper trails of 50 per cent of the EVMs.    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday rallied opposition leaders over alleged Read More…

Politics Votes & Polls

VVPAT Counting row : We should master technology and not to be its slave Naidu to EC

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Sunday said his technology advisor Hari Prasad Vemuru, whose presence in TDP’s delegation to the Election Commission was objected to by the poll panel, was a whistle-blower and not a thief.   “Yesterday we met the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and showed him how EVMs were not functioning Read More…

National Politics Votes & Polls

CEC Sunil Arora to visit TN to monitor Poll Preparedness

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora will lead an EC delegation here on a two-day visit on April 2 to review the poll preparedness for the April 18 Lok Sabha elections, a senior official said Saturday.   The Election Commission delegation will meet representatives of political parties, Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said here.   “The Read More…

Business Companies Politics South India Votes & Polls

DMK urges Election Commission to watch REPCO bank and keep away co-operative societies in Poll duties

DMK on Tuesday urged the Election Commission to ensure that officials of co-operative societies/banks are not involved in election-related work in Tamil Nadu.   According to DMK, there are 18,775 co-operative societies/banks functioning in Tamil Nadu under different government departments and they are under the administration of elected bodies, totally controlled by the ruling AIADMK Read More…

National Politics Supreme Court Votes & Polls

“Not a question of aspersion, it is a question of satisfaction” SC to EC on VVPAT 50% Counting

The top court by its October 8, 2013, verdict had said that Electronic Voting Machines with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail was an indispensable requirement for free and fair elections as it ensures the accuracy of the voting system.   Reminding the EC that VVPATs were introduced on the directions of the top court, CJI Read More…

Legal Politics Votes & Polls

No Political parties henceforth can release manifestos in the last 48 hours : EC

The Election Commission Saturday barred political parties from releasing election manifestos in the last 48 hours before polling.   The commission has now made the release of election manifestos a part of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), which is a set of rules to be followed by parties after elections are announced.   The Read More…