Rajinikanth and legacy politics: Parties and leaders may invoke past, but voters respond to present political context
Rajinikanth was never part of the Dravidian movement and in fact even today does not espouse the ideals of the Dravidian movement.
Here are the quotable quotes of politicians during the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.
Voting for the Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry began at 7 am on Monday.
Campaigning ended in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry for 16 May assembly polls, ringing the curtain down on the gruelling two-month-long exercise.
Here are the significant and not-so-significant-but-absurd poll promises made by the major political parties for the Tamil Nadu Assembly election 2016.
Week-long Pongal celebrations and 5,000 farmers going abroad: Vijayakanth's poll promises are as crazy as it gets
Tamil Nadu's actor-turned-politician Vijayakanth has released his election manifesto and what an incredible summer read it makes for.
Jaya’s announcement of the list shocked Vasa. The AIADMK claims that Vasan's demands have been far more than the ground support he commands
Vijaykanth, having kept the DMK, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Vaiko-led PWF (People’s Welfare Front) guessing for months, finally announced his plan to battle the polls on his own. A week later, he did a volte face, signing an alliance deal with the PWF, comprising Vaiko of the MDMK (Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), both Left parties and Dalit leader Thol Thirumavalavan’s VCK (Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi).
Vijayakant-led DMDK on Wednesday struck an alliance with the four-party People's Welfare Front for the May 16 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu with the actor-turned-politician being declared as the chief ministerial candidate of the alliance.
Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2016: Its strange vote-share makes Vijayakanth's DMDK attractive to opposition parties
M Karunanidhi, BJP and other parties want Captain Vijayakanth on their side for the Tamil Nadu Assembly Election
The biggest loser in the alliance -- by omission -- is the Congress. Without a partner and no chance to win, the party will not only see its resources wasted, but might also see an erosion of its voteshare.
Despite a few visits from party supremo Vijayakanth aka Captain, and a 15 lakh strong Tamil population, there is little to distinguish them from bewildered first time independent candidates.