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How fight to claim Jayalalithaa's legacy has intensified ahead of Tamil Nadu election

With Jayalalithaa's aide Sasikala out of prison and an internal political storm brewing up in the AIADMK, the battle to claim inheritance to Amma's legacy has intensified in Tamil Nadu ahead of elections.

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How Mamata plans to reach out to Hindi-speaking voters amid ‘Bengalis vs outsiders’ narrative

For the first time in Bengal’s electoral history, the poll narrative has circled around the “Bengalis versus outsiders” theme. Along with the “Hindutva politics” to wean away Mamata’s non-Bengali vote bank, the BJP now is also focussing on Bengali identity politics.

Didi in damage control mode after Muslim parties threaten minority vote bank in Bengal

In Hooghly's Furfura Sharif, powerful cleric Abbas Siddique has floated a new political party last week, threatening to usurp Mamata's minority vote bank. Siddique has the backing of Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM.?

Direct faceoff with Didi unlikely but Suvendu Adhikari is BJP's man in Bengal

While the exact BJP strategy for Bengal is still being formulated, the sources say that the saffron party is working to build Suvendu Adhikari as a Bengal icon.

Tamil Nadu CM EPS to meet PM Modi today: BJP turns grand alliance maker in South

PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami in New Delhi on January 19. As Amit Shah plans a mega alliance in South, sources say the agenda of the meet will be discussions on contours of a mega alliance ahead of the Tamil Nadu Assembly election.

Bengal election: Mamata’s strategy to retain Nandigram after Suvendu’s exit

In what could be a masterstroke, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s decision to fight from ex-aide Suvendu Adhikari's turf Nandigram in the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections has not only electrified TMC grassroots but has thrown a big challenge to the BJP.

Elections in West Bengal and poll violence?

Preparations for the upcoming West Bengal elections are in full swing. In West Bengal, which has approximately 78,000 polling booths with 6.5 crore voters, political violence is an old tradition.

How Jagan Reddy's religious faith dominates political discourse in Andhra Pradesh

Jagan Reddy's detractors have often used his faith to label him as anti-Hindu.?The Opposition has blamed him for the desecration of temples in Andhra Pradesh and alleged that these acts of vandalisation have his tacit approval.?

Sink or sail with AIADMK? Sasikala's plans key to Tamil Nadu election outcome

As followers of Sasikala Natarajan, a close aide of former CM J Jayalalithaa, presently under the banner of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), prepare for a grand reception to their leader who is expected to walk out of the Parappana Agraharam prison by the end of January, AIADMKministers are openly crossing swords over the re-entry of 'Chinnamma'.

5 reasons why Democrats are after Donald Trump in final days of his office

Donald Trump has less than a week in his office as the US president. He practically cannot issue a major order given the post-Capitol siege sentiments. Still, the Democrats want to cut short his tenure even by a couple of days. Why?

How Rahul Gandhi buries Congress’s past stand on Jallikattu ahead of Tamil Nadu polls

Ten years after the Congress-led UPA government practically banned Jallikattu and five years after the Congress supported ban on the bull-taming sport, Rahul Gandhi attends Jallikattu on Thursday. He now buries Congress’s past stand on Jallikattu ahead of Tamil Nadu polls.

Will Tamil Nadu buy Rahul Gandhi's love for Jallikattu?

Rahul's Tamil Nadu visit is a case of trying to hit several birds with one stone. By choosing to visit Madurai district to witness Jallikattu, Rahul Gandhi is attempting to connect with the cultural consciousness of rural Tamil Nadu. But will Tamil Nadu buy Rahul Gandhi's love for Jallikattu?

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