By-elections to five state assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu, Bargur, Thondamuthur, Ilayankudi, Cumbum, and Srivaikuntam will be held on August 18 2009 ,Three political parties are boycotting the elections including AIADMK ,MDMK and PMK. ADMK leader J. Jayalalitha cited unreliability of Electronic voting machines as the reason for the poll boycott.Tamil Nadu Congress party leader K. V. Thangabalu said that ADMK chose not to contest polls for fear of losing them.
The election was necessitated after the previous winner M. Thambidurai was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2009 election. After the initial rejection of Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) candidate V. Chandran's candidacy, he was accepted to contest as an independent with Murasu as a symbol, which is the symbol of DMDK. Twenty four of thirty one nominations were rejected. Accepted nominations include K. R. K. Narasimhan (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), K. Asokan (Bharatiya Janata Party), S. Kannu (Communist Party of India), K. Padmarajan (Independent), Maheshwari Kannappan (Independent), S. Sakthivel (Rajini Fans Association) and A. Rajesh (Independent)
There are four candidated from recognised parties in contest in Thondamuthur constituency.Indian national Congress candidate M. N. Kandaswamy is contesting in Thondamuthur constituency.
Nine contestants are in fray in Ilayankudi constituency. They include three from major political parties, Suba. Mathiarasan of DMK, Azhagu. Balakrishnan of DMDK and P. M. Rajendran of BJP
11 candidates are in competition in Srivaikuntam constituency. Candidates from major politicial parties include M.B. Sudalaiyandi of Indian National Congress, G. Thanalakshmi of Communist Party of India, S. Santhana Kumar of Bharatiya Janata Party and M. Soundarapandi of Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam
15 candidates are contesting the election including four candidates representing political parties. the candidates include N. Ramakrishnan of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, M. Sasikumar of Bharatiya Janata Party, K. Rajappan of Communist Party of India (Marxist), R. Arun Kumar of Desiya Murpokku Dravidar Kazhagam and G. Ramaraj of Uzhaippali Makkal Katchi.
The Communist Party of India (CPI), the country's second oldest party founded in 1925, is facing the risk of losing its status as a
national party after its disastrous performance in the Lok Sabha elections.
The CPI, which contested in 57 seats in 23 states in the general elections, won only two seats and the tally may not go up to five when the full results are out. The party lost all three seats in Kerala where it had won last time.
The party had won 10 of the 34 seats it contested in 2004 with a vote share of 1.4 per cent.
According to the criteria set by the Election Commission, a 'national party' needs to contest from four states and get at least six per cent votes from at least four states or get two per cent of total seats in the Lok Sabha from at least three states or it should be a party recognised as a state party in at least four states.
"We are expected to retain our state party status in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Manipur and Jharkhand," CPI national executive Pannian Raveendran told reporters.
But he said he would be able to say anything further on the matter only after assessing the party's performance in these states.
The CPI has state party status in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu on the basis of its representation in parliament, while in Kerala and Manipur the party is recognised on the basis of its presence in the assembly.
The Election Commission had issued notice to CPI in 2004 to explain why its recognition should not be withdrawn. But the commission modified its guidelines in 2005 giving the national status to a party recognised as a state party in a minimum of four states.
With this relaxation, the CPI hopes its national status will continue.
Update 5.15PM (IST)
UPA will form the next government in India
NDA == 165 (Leads +Win)
UPA == 257 (Leads +Win)
3rd Front == 79 (Leads+Win)
Others == 26 (Leads+Win) (SP , BSP , LJP & Others)
AP State Election Results
TDP == 70 (Wins)
Congress ==110 (Wins)
PRP == 11 (Wins)
Left ==5 (Wins)
TRS ==09 (Wins)
Others == 2 (BJP)
With political parties and leaders feverishly working out permutations after what seems to be an election too close to call, there is a new story doing the rounds which sees Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar as an unlikely "consensus" candidate for the prime minister's job.
In that case the third front will support the government from outside.
Even though this talk is doing the rounds , no one is coming out in open as yet. The final and full figure will come out only after 16th.
I think Nitish Kumar can do the job.
Over 67 per cent of voters in Tamil Nadu exercised their franchise on Wednesday during the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections, up by six per cent since the last general elections. Madurai, from where Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s son MK Azhagiri is contesting, witnessed 75 per cent polling, while Karur logged 80 per cent.
Addressing the press here, Chief Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta pointed out that during the 2004 LS elections, the percentage stood at 61 per cent. “There is a distinct increase’’ this time around, he said.
The overall percentage might go up by another per cent as final figures were yet to arrive from various constituencies. In Chennai, the voter turnout hovered around 58 per cent. In Madurai, people turned out in large numbers to exercise their franchise. The polling was brisk right through the day. At the close of polls, the figure stood at 76.6 per cent, an all-time high in this seat.
Erode registered 71 per cent polling. Sources said the assembly segment-wise percentage is Komarapalayam 67, Erode West 76, East 73, Modakurichi 70, Kangayam 77 and Dharapuram 67. It was less than 67 per cent during the last LS polls.
An overall 68 per cent of polling was recorded in Thanjavur Parliamentary constituency comprising six Assembly segments. While the maximum of 75 per cent of polling was in Tiruvaiyaru segment, the minimum of 62 per cent was recorded in Mannargudi segment.
Pattukkottai witnessed 68 per cent polling, Orathanadu 72 per cent, Peravurani 66 per cent and Thanjavur 65 per cent.
In Pudukottai, it was 65 per cent. Earlier, the district comprised six Assembly segments. The delimitation exercise detached Pudukkottai and Gandharvakottai (SC) Assembly segments to Tiruchy LS constituency.
The CEO admitted that EVMs malfunctioned in various places. About 100 EVMs were set right by the technicians while 93 were replaced throughout Tamil Nadu, he informed.
When asked about the charge of AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa that the EVMS were not functioning properly and if the voter pressed for a symbol, the indicator in some other symbol was glowing, the CEO said two such EVMs were replaced in Chennai.
However, he clarified that the fault was detected when mock poll was conducted in front of the polling agents. As such, no vote was polled with the faulty machines. Responding to a query, Gupta said the decision on repoll, if needed in some booths, would be taken on Thursday after consulting the observors. (Hindu Report)
Supreme Court on Thursday directed Uttar Pradesh government to withdraw charges under National Security Act against Bharatiya Janata Party leader Varun Gandhi with immediate effect.
Varun, who is the BJP candidate from Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency, had filed a caveat in the Supreme Court pleading that he should be heard if the Uttar Pradesh government approaches it challenging revocation of the NSA against him.
If the huge crowds and exuberant mood at the rallies addressed by J Jayalalithaa (Amma), 61, in the past few weeks are anything to go by, the AIADMK alliance has a clear edge as all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu go to the polls.
Electoral arithmetic too is on her side with the PMK, the MDMK, the CPI and CPI(M) — all of which have pockets of staunch support across the state — having joined her bandwagon. The AIADMK is contesting only 23 seats, sharing the rest with these allies. Major caste groups controlled by these allied parties — like the Vanniyars in the North, or the Goundars to the West — are expected to back Amma.
Most of these allied parties were with the DMK during the last Lok Sabha poll, which the alliance then swept, without yielding single seat to the AIADMK. This time the ruling DMK only has the VCK, a Dalit outfit, and the Indian Union Muslim League on its side.
The DMK is seeking votes on both the UPA’s record of performance in the past five years at the Centre and its own performance in the state, harping upon the central loan waivers and the rural employment guarantee scheme, as well as the free colour TV and cheap rice schemes it introduced at the state level.
But the quality of the rice provided has appalled consumers, who also insist that man does not live by rice alone. “What’s the use of cheap rice when the price of everything else is spiraling,” said a 40-year-old in Nagercoil, 660 km south of Chennai, unwilling to be named. The blame for the power crisis, which has led to many small units shutting down and thousands of workers being laid off, is also being heaped on the DMK government.Over it all looms the shadow of the Sri Lankan Tamil issue, and the widespread feeling — specially in the region around Rameshwaram, which is closest to Sri Lanka — that the union government, of which the DMK is a part, has just not done enough for them. Also in the fray are the BJP and actor Vijaykant’s DMDK.