Tamil Nadu Elections

For a long time I was pondering about a suitable topic to blog on. A few days back it struck me that the Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections would be an interesting topic to write about. For one, its the most difficult state to predict an outcome in the whole of India. For the past few elections, more than a few experienced analysts have got it wrong. Secondly, elections in Tamil Nadu is all about alliances. Politicians switch sides more often than they change clothes. And lastly, there are a more than a few interesting personalities to write on. All these led me to this topic which I promise to cover in an un-biased and objective manner. No compromise on that front! Stay tuned and enjoy…

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  1. Anonymous on

    Elections Watch —-A Citizens Initiative
    this is to spread awareness about upcoming the elections to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly.It is common refrain that the words “free” & “fair” have consistently been missing from our politicians’ lexicon or even if they may be present, a mockery is made of them! How long??? its about time that changed!
    This Election Watch is a PUCL initiative to strive towards just this change; disseminate information about candidates by circulating their affidavits (accessible to all with the promulgation of the Right to Information Act). Election Observers ought to be notified of irregularities between actual assets, liabilities, pending cases, dues payable to Govt. Departments, educational qualifications, etc and those shown in affidavits filed with their nominations, so the violators may be made to withdraw their nominations if necessary.

    Candidates are required to file every 3 days the expenditure incurred by them during electioneering . Is this being done? Any citizen can access copies of the same online or from Returning Officers/Election Commission Office in Chennai. It is up to us citizens to ensure these procedures are being complied with.

    As responsible citizens, we ought not just vote but ensure that those who we vote for are actually eligible to compete in the elections in the first place! PUCL invites all ye’ bloggers to volunteer to election-watch!!! Those in Chennai do attend our meeting at Gokhale Shastri Institute, Shanmuganandan Hall, Karpagambal Nagar, Luz, Mylapore, Chennai-4 every friday at 6pm.
    Directions and landmarks
    1. It is the road (1-way opposite to Amrutanjan and the state bank of India)
    2. It is a dead end and is a road near to the TCP building in that one way road.
    3. Near Nageshwar Rao park.

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  2. Blogs, news and more! on

    very nice blog!mary

  3. MANGLA RAM BISHNOIE on

    Respected Elder TAMIALIAN Brothers & Sisters
    We the Rajasthani / Marwaries are learing politics from you, the Seniors! The Ever Bosses!
    We have heard that you advanced, properous, Highly educated people of Tamilnadu giving ‘BALNK CHEQUES PREVIOUSLY SIGNED ‘ to your political parties, In which they will be free to write your future and even your children’s future. WE PEOPLE OF INDIA acting as THE MASTER, AS KINGS. SHALL WE ACCEPT MATERIALISTIC THINGS AFTER ELECTION? LIKE TV ETC. WE THE MASTERS HAVE TRADITION TO ACCEPT PRESENTS LIKE EMPEROR JAHANGEER FORM BRITISH QUEEN FOR FACELATING HER TRADING IN INDIA. BUT IF WE ACCEPT ANY THING FOR FAVOUR & VOTING, WE DEGRADES OUR MASTER STATUS.
    WE DONT COMMENT ABOUT YOUR CHOICE AND CONSTITUTIOAL RIGHT TO ELECT A BETTER GOVERNMENT. SIR & MAM ! IT IS YOUR BIRTHRIGHT.WE HOPE YOU WILL ELECT BETTER CANDIDATES FOR BETTER GOVRENMENT. YOU THE ELDER BROTHERS & SISTERS CAN PUT AN EXAMPLE BEFORE US BY UPGRADING A VOTER STATUS. WE THINK, ACCEPTING PRIZE FOR VOTING WILL NOT AFFECT YOUR VOTING. BUT IN OUR INDIA, THERE IS a U P, THERE IS A BIHAR AND OTHER STATES. THE PEOPLE THESE STATES CAN LEARN ALESSON FROM YOU TO DEMAND SOMETHING FOR CASTING A VOTE.
    Our Dear Anna Hajare put an EXAMPLE of people’s power.May we hope that you too will put an EXAMPLE, SO THAT WE CAN FOLLOW YOU THE ELDERS. SO PLEASE SAY YOUR POLITICAL PARTIES, THAT ” YOU ARE OUR CHOICE WITHOUT ANY PREVIOUS or POST EFFECTING CONDITIONS, WE WILL ELECT YOU, BECAUSE YOU ARE OUR CHOICE. PLEASE, DONT OFFER ANYTHING FOR OUR DUTIES. PLEASE, DONT DEGRADE MASTERS. OUR CHILDREN WILL QUESTION FOR DEMANDING AND ACCEPTING ANY THINGS FOR CASTING A VOTE.” O BOSSES ! TO BE PATRIOT OF MOTHER INDIA, IT IS NOT NECCESSARY TO SACRIFICE LIKE BHAGATSINGH, CHANDRA SHEKHER AZAD AND EVEN NOT NEEDED TO GO ‘ BLACK WATER PUNISHMENT’. WE CAN BE PATRIOT AND SERVE OUR NATION BY PERFORMING OUR ‘PRESENT DUTIES ONLY’. WE CANNOT RETURN IN BACK HISTORY, WE CAN MAKE OUR CHILDRES’S FUTURE BY UPGRADING VOTER’S STATUS AS A MASTER IN DEMOCRACY.
    WE LIVE IN DESERT OF RAJASTHAN FACING DUSTY STORMS, SCARCITY OF DRINKING WATER, SKIN BURNING SUNLIGHT IN LONELY MUD HUTS AND SO MANY THINGS LIKE THAT. WE COME TO YOUR PROPEROUS STATE FOR OUR LIVELYHOOD AND GET SHELTER. WE DONT KNOW ADVANCE POLITICS, BUT WE REQUEST YOU TO PUT AN EXAMPLE FOR THE SAKE OF OUR EMERGING DEMOCRATIC INDIA. OUR MOTHER INDIA IS IN LABOUR ROOM & PAINFULLY GIVING BIRTH TO A MODEL DEMOCRACY’. ANY VIRAL OR BACTIRIAL INFACTION WILL BE DANGEROUS TO BORNING MODEL DEMOCRACY.
    WE HOPE, YOU ELDERS WILL FORGIVE US FOR PUTTING A NEW DEMOCRATIC PARADIGM BEFORE YOU, LIKE A SMALL BULB BEFORE THE SUN AND DISTURBING YOU IN ELECTION MOOD.
    PLEASE REMEMBER, YOU ALL ARE OUR ELDER BROTHERS AND SISTERS. YOU ARE OUR DEMOCRATIC TEACHER. WE RESPECT YOU AS A TEACHER. THANK YOU ALL TAMILLIANS.
    MANGLA RAM BISHNOIE, form JODHPUR, RAJASTHAN


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