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Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL How Air-India loses customs... Polls and promises China invests in India IAS invades NDDB... More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Maximising the micro pricing … Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform TIAM turns a full cycle B H Kothari - a tribute Why this malaise in medical education? Medical costs hit the roof... The why of tax incentives Banning booze... Increasing non co-operation of state leaders CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! PC’s preference for professionals A more liberated TN… Revving up the manufacturing sector Mersal magnified Modi and the lady Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Shale gas and its shallow future Engineering seats go abegging Things happen by accident and not by design... Gay abandon in pricing CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. The Jan Dhan bonanza TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Revive development banks... West Bengal: mindless malignancy London, London Narayan Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School EVM is tamper-proof A proud Madrasi Waning interest in public discussions… L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Parliament in paralysis... A glass full of corruption Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Strengthen the base... Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Wise Presidents Welcome GST Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Muffled voices for merit… Multi-faceted Venkat EEC at the National Media Centre …and of a popular trade leader Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? 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Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Sweet news for TN sugar mills Haul over the coal Breaththrough in malaria control Solar, solar everywhere … Demise of a media baron... Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks IPL type auction for VCs? He saved millions from starvation... Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt A think tank for Chennai Build close rapport with business leaders A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Towards speedy justice Of course, Gujarat is vibrant WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Sweeter prospects for sugar Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Moily’s bold thrust When the President was rendered homeless… TELANGANA at last…BUT Five star activism stalls development activity Small units prefers to remain small... Tax agriculture Align crops to agro climate endowments… Preserving for the future Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Why land prices zoom in TN? Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Come elections, come advertisements... Sri Lanka votes for change New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Editor's Notes IPL - no surprise this scam Tribute The rise and rise of KCP When online building permits work…. Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami An inexplicable neglect Making ‘my Amaravati’... Delhi Chalo... Quality education through the PPP mode Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet More Shakti to resource mobilisation... The few handicaps... Discoms deserve better…
 
Polls and promises

In April and May elections to state assemblies have been held in Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. In Assam, the contest was between the two major national parties, the BJP and the Congress. In West Bengal, there was a strange alliance between the Left parties and the Congress fighting the incumbent Trinamool Congress with BJP pitching its claim.

In Kerala, one witnessed the traditional grouping of several parties led by the Congress and several others by the CPM. With the unflattering record of the Oommen Chandy-led United Democratic Front, the incumbent, there had been a strong anti-incumbency factor to power shifting again to the LDF.

One witnessed the strange scene: with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi working along with the Communists as alliance partners in West Bengal and liberally criticising the Communists in Kerala! BJP, which did not have a strong base in Kerala, has worked hard to make inroads into Kerala’s electoral politics and started with its first victory.

In Tamil Nadu the well-worn strategy of the two leading Dravidian parties, the DMK, and the AIADMK, forming strong alliances to contest, did not take place this time. AIADMK, buoyed by its resounding success of going alone in the Lok Sabha polls, opted to do likewise. The attempts made by the DMK to bring together parties opposed to the AIADMK under its umbrella, did not succeed. The state thus witnessed five-cornered contests: DMK-Congress, AIADMK, the MDMK led front of five parties, PMK and the BJP.

The two major Dravidian parties have been thriving on the promise of liberal freebies as also on cash for votes. Even with the state’s economy not in great shape, they continued promising freebies, with unclear explanations on budget provisions. But the Tamil Nadu voter doesn’t seem to bother about the poor state of the state’s finances.

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