In our July issue, I suggested the ruling AIADMK should consider offering a safe Rajya Sabha seat to Minister of External Affairs, S Jaishankar. The DMK could offer such a seat to Dr. Manmohan Singh. Such concepts are readily accepted in several other states, but political parties in Tamil Nadu
The representation of the southern states in the Union cabinet is meagre. This is related to the poor performance of the BJP in the south, save Karnataka. Of the 130 seats, the BJP drew a blank in Andhra, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu.
Four cabinet berths have been provided for Karnataka.
For 15 years, during 1999-2014, DMK was a vital constituent of the Central government. The considerable number of MPs - 12 in 1999, 16 in 2014 and 18 in 2009 in the Lok Sabha - won for the prominent party places in the Central cabinet. Murasoli Maran as Commerce and
An increasing focus on welfare at the cost of development was triggered by the DMK. In 1967 the party offered three measures of rice (approximately 4.5 kg) a rupee. At that time the state was suffering a severe shortage of rice. This promise worked a miracle and proved a trigger
So the battle lines have been drawn for the Lok Sabha elections. The NDA led by BJP has lost a few prized members, notably the Telugu Desam Party and the PDP of Jammu & Kashmir. There were also dissensions on the part of a few regional parties. The BJP, after
With every election to a state, the quality of campaign deteriorates.
In the race-to-the-bottom, all civility is thrown to the winds. Look at the address of Congress President Rahul Gandhi after BJP’s Yeddyurappa resigned his two-day term: “Prime Minister Modi will accept a man accused of murder as the President of