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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha’s interview on BBC World’s HARDtalk India published in BBC on 30th September, 2004
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Karunanidhi sworn in as CM for 5th time
House bitten, twice shy
Power in the hands of the DMK is like “a garland given to a monkey”, Jayalalithaa added
SMSs and political satires on TN polls
DMK returns in Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha stunned
DMK alliance: Total=163 DMK=96 INC=34 PMK=18 CPM=9 CPI=6
Total=69 ADMK=61 MDMK=6 VCK=2
Total=2 DMDK=1 IND=1
EC notices to
Jaya, DMK for poll code violation
The Commission has sought an explanation from the party by Saturday evening.
Campaigning ends in Tamil Nadu
Campaigning for Monday's elections to Tamil Nadu's 234-member assembly ended Saturday with more promises from the AIADMK and
DMK, even as the Election Commission pulled up the warring Dravidian parties for violating model code of conduct.
Unprecedented security for TN polls
The EC has issued notice to Jaya TV for telecasting some video-cassettes without prior permission of the committee constituted by the EC, he said.
No VAT if AIADMK comes to power: Jayalalithaa
Tamil Nadu will not implement the Value Added Tax (VAT) system till the Centre incorporates amendments to the VAT Act, Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa said today.
DMK chief makes yet another promise
... would demolish all old slum clearance board tenements, reconstruct them and hand it over to the current owners.
Crossing the Rubicon...Tamil Nadu style
Over the years, cynical and shameless manipulation of the poor and powerless voters through competitive populism has become the dominant feature of our elections.
This must stop. If the parties have any sense of shame and spirit of public service left in them, they must come together to put an end to this culture of mendicancy.
Sonia Gandhi lashes out at ‘autocratic’ Jayalalitha
“The people of Tamil Nadu are being ruled by AIADMK which is led by an autocratic leader”.
“There are some people who were with us earlier but recently left us”, Sonia said and then questioned: “Why are these people speaking against us now? Why did they not question us then” and then she finally concludes:” It is a sheer opportunism that they represent”.
DMK would quit UPA if MDMK continued: Karunanidhi
BJP complaints to CEC on freebies
"The above kind of freebies announcement are of practically impossible in nature in the present economic status of the Tamil Nadu state"...
Jaya promises free computers to students
Jayalalithaa has already promised ten kg of free rice and
4 grams of gold free of cost for mangalsutras of girls belonging to below poverty line families for their marriage.
Tamil Nadu freebies: Who is footing the bill?
No Lok Sabha election or assembly election in any state is as quiet as the one happening in Tamil Nadu now.
Karunanidhi rules out coalition govt in TN
"I do not expect that there will be any need for a coalition ministry in the state as there will not be any hung assembly,"
TN intelligence DIG Sivanandi transferred
There have been allegations by the opposition parties that the intelligence wing under the official was involved in activities aimed at helping the ruling AIADMK.
Sivanandi is the second police officer after R Nataraj, who was transferred as Chennai Police Commissioner earlier for some controversial remarks in praise of Jayalalithaa, to come under the Commission’s scanner.
CM promises Rs.35,000 cr plan for Chennai
TN needs a govt in tune with the
Centre: PM "If this can happen in New Delhi, why not in Tamil Nadu."
PM rejects Jaya's charge
Jayalalithaa has accused the 13 ministers of not doing anything for the welfare of the people of the state.
Indira Gandhi started Self Help Groups, not
Jaya: FM SHG scheme is of two types. Under the first type, the entire amount is being given as loan by the nationalised banks and States have no role to play.
In the second type, SHGs are given loans as well as subsidies. While banks grant loans, the Centre sanctions 75 percent of the subsidy. The State Government’s contribution is limited to only 25 percent, he said.
files complaint with Election Commission against SUN TV, JAYA
Why was marriage scheme introduced by DMK discontinued, asks Karunanidhi
This was one of the many schemes that the AIADMK Government discontinued.
Poll issue: Keeping VAT at bay
Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh are the only two states in the country that have not yet adopted the VAT.
Parties evade important issues of farmers in Tamil Nadu
Coimbatore: No one cares about mill workers
Tamil media divided on political lines
Jayalalithaa filed nearly 130 cases of defamation against various English and Tamil newspapers. But the cases were unilaterally withdrawn after her drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections in 2004.
Public memory may sway TN votes
Jayalalithaa's current tenure has two distinct parts - before and after Parliamentary elections of 2004.
Jaya now whisks out magic gold metal
AIADMK insiders say she is likely to come with another announcement to counter the DMK’s free colour TV scheme before the campaign ends on Saturday.
D Day coming soon, TV Wars in Tamil Nadu
... the ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK, both have their own television channels, what else can be expected but a no-holds-barred satellite war?
Jayalalithaa has not replied to any letters, alleges
"Jayalalithaa was the only chief minister in the country who had not bothered to reply to the letters",
Cong. seeks CBI probe into 'mismanagement' of tsunami funds
"Even the BJP-ruled state government do not have this attitude. They are humble. Arrogance in times of disaster can be disastrous to the people of Tamil Nadu," Shantharam
Naik, MP and AICC Secretary
Riding high on sycophancy Jayalalithaa, who initially
dismissed opposition DMK's manifesto as not feasible, later had to join the politics of promise and is now defending the freebies.
PMC & AIADMK promise free gas stove, LPG connection
FM gives economics a miss
"The AIADMK coalition has raised doubts about whether we will fulfill our promises. I have challenged Jayalalitha to a public debate where we can both financially justify our manifestos. But even five days later she has not responded," Chidambaram said.
star campaigner despite age
I have matured as a leader: Jayalalithaa
NDTV: What about some of the criticism that's made of you that you are a very autocratic leader? You're not allowing the second rung of leadership in the AIADMK to come up?
Jayalalitha: That is not true. It's not true at all. NDTV: Who is the second rung? One never sees anyone else. It's always you.
Jayalalitha: When the time comes a leader will emerge.
A neck-and-neck race in Tamil Nadu
Leelavathy, a close relative of AIADMK founder and former Chief Minister late M G
Ramachandran, had donated her kidney to him in 1984, to campaign against Jaya
Mrs Veerappan takes democratic way
Nothing is ruled out in Tamil Nadu
... no one party is likely to get a majority on its own...
Chidambaram calls a close fight in TN
Woman power to fore in Tamil Nadu elections
it in your eyes and votes will come'
Dayanidhi Maran denies allegation
Karunanidhi admits tough fight
DMK will get absolute majority: Maran
EC issues notices to Congress, DMK
Complaint against Karunanidhi
Jaya copying DPA manifestoes: Ramadoss
Newsmaker: Kalanidhi Maran
Jaya has wasted five years: Maran
Hazy picture may prompt Jaya to offer more sops
Maran rejects Jaya's demand for his resignation
Drop Maran from Union Cabinet: Jayalalithaa
'Just see what Vijayakanth will do'
The two major alliances may be throwing caution to the winds as they make promises they may find hard to keep.
AIADMK, vote for DPA: Sonia
will be tough: Chidambaram
Vaiko Show in Tamil Nadu
Nadu polls: DPA Vs DPA
insulted me, says Karthik
poised for win in TN: Bardhan
in Jaya only cosmetic: Moily
on the boil, in poll pot
issues to add vigour to campaign in TN
politics of rice
cheap gimmicks to win over people, says BJP
should not be made a poll issue, CPI tells Vaiko
money move ballot? TN crorepatis will find out soon
DMK not against coalition Govt. in TN: Karunanidhi
`Negative issues' don't govern this TN election
Tamil Nadu election should be a referendum on the "good
performance" of the 13 Union ministers from the state...
Congress to represent the `voice of the voiceless'
EC proposes replacement for Chennai top cop
Parties rice to the occasion in TN
free rice scheme
Jaya's electoral promise 'virtual admission of defeat': Cong.
Battlefield called Tamil Nadu
has enough land for the landless farmers: Chidambaram
promises stir Tamil Nadu
Jaya announces new school education scheme
silent wave against ruling party sweeping across TN'
plays the rice card
hike for TN govt employees
Jayalalithaa in TN: Poll survey
than rival by Rs 2 crore
worth Rs 24 cr
prediction would enthuse workers: Karunanidhi
survey is mistaken, says Jayalalithaa
colour TV is a campaign staple
Nadu may go Bihar way: Karat
in election fray
majority for single party
deceptive tactics of politicians: Vijayakanth
planning to incite violence: MK
abracadabra: cheap rice & free TV
of some senior officers distressing, says CEO
making baseless charges: CPM
plot to delay polls: Jaya
prisoner of circumstances: Raja
Dravidian turf, it's tough call for BJP
25 lakh for each village: Vijaykanth
ministers from TN blocked aid: CM
behind campaign restrictions: Jaya
arithmetic versus Jayalalithaa's chemistry
urges EC action against AIADMK for poll code violation
compelled EC to impose time restrictions: Jayalalithaa
flays DMK for its promise of cheap rice
free govt in TN, promises Jaya
rules out coalition Government in Tamil Nadu
HC verdict fitting lesson to EC: Vaiko
HC advises Tamil Nadu govt to consult EC on city police chief
DMK surprised over EC's action
Jayalalithaa says DMK impeding growth
Jayalalithaa maintains the lead, promises IT the moon
adopting confrontationist attitude, Election Commission