With neither BJP-led NDA nor the Congress-led UPA sure of forming the government, a fractured verdict on May 23 will bring regional parties into focus. The possibilities are manifold with every party expected to extract their pound of flesh
Kanimozhi chose little-known S. Velusamy, DMK’s Vilathikulam panchayat secretary, to be her dummy candidate for the Thoothukudi seat so she can still put up a serious fight in case her nomination papers are rejected.
Election Commission officials in Delhi put the voting percentage at 64.66. Final figures are likely to change as queues of voters were seen at several centres even after the scheduled time for voting ended.
Officials of the Income-Tax Department and a static surveillance team of the Election Commission on Tuesday evening carried out a search at the residence of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) candidate and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi in Thoothukudi in southern Tamil Nadu.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Tamil Nadu said: Today India is rapidly making a mark in the world. The Congress, DMK and their mahamilavati friends cannot accept this. That is why they are unhappy with me
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta sought the response of the poll panel and directed it to apprise whether the number of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) samples can be increased for the satisfaction of the electorate.
For both leaders it will be their first direct election. Kanimozhi, who has been elected twice to the Rajya Sabha, has been grooming the constituency, spending a large portion of her MPLAD funds there.
The DMK on Tuesday promised to do away with the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for medical admissions and ushering in quota in the private sector in its manifesto for the Lok Sabha election.