Archive for March 2009
Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh has come a long way since he became an unwanted guest at Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s residence after the election in 2004. He was instrumental in bailing out the UPA government in Parliament last year, after the Left parties withdrew support. By abandoning the Left and embracing the Congress, […]
K. Srinivas Reddy
Activists of the Pyramid Party in Visakhapatnam. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam.
Hyderabad: When every political party is trying to convince people to vote for its candidates, here is a party that is campaigning to elect only those who are enlightened and righteous.
Setting a spiritual agenda, the Pyramid Party of India (PPOI) is fielding candidates in […]
A. Saye Sekhar
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh has become the land of the rising ‘sons.’ This is because the offspring of almost all the big leaders have a stake in the elections.
Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, son of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, and K.T. Rama Rao, son of Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K. Chandrasekhara Rao, are both making […]
Recession, combined with the strict spending curbs, has dampened electioneering
Elections bring business to people from all walks of life, including tailors. Photo: M. Srinath
Thiruvananthapuram: Although it is still too early to say the last word on the trends, a combination of factors, including those that stem from the economic downturn and the spending curbs […]
Former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin had to beat a hasty retreat in Rajasthan when Muslim groups opposed the Congress’ plans to field him from Tonk-Sawai Madhopur for the Lok Sabha elections. They said it was “humiliating” that the Congress was considering an outsider who had no connection with the desert State. An embarrassed […]
When he was in power, the workaholic former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, used to famously say he would not sleep and not allow others the luxury either. He may not be in power anymore but he has been following the same principle for the last few days, spending long hours sorting out […]
Former Minister and senior Telugu Desam Party leader Mandava Venkateswar Rao gets slapped by his cousin before filing his nomination every election. He doesn’t file his papers until he observes this ritual. True to form, Mr. Rao filed his nomination for the Nizamabad (Urban) Assembly constituency on Saturday only after getting slapped by his maternal […]
Osama/Obama…a single letter can make a huge difference. “Who do you want? Osama or Obama? When one single letter can make such a difference, why don’t we all exercise our franchise? A single vote can also make a difference in any election; therefore do not forget to cast your vote.” This type of poster has […]
A film that features two Lok Sabha election candidates has become the topic of controversy in West Bengal. Starring Tapas Pal, Trinamool Congress candidate from Krishnanagar, and Shatabdi Roy, candidate for Birbhum from the same party, the film, Dhaki (Drummer), is being screened in Kolkata. The Left Front alleges that the two are using the […]