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Southern Lights | The BJP's gambit depends on caste after all

In Kerala and TN, marginalised castes account for more than 75% of the population. Are they willing the BJP as a major political player?

**EDS: IMAGE VIA @narendramodi** Alathur: BJP supporters during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public meeting, ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Alathur, Kerala, Monday, April 15, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI04_15_2024_000170B)(PTI)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 11:08 PM IST

Southern Lights | Heatwave, water crisis hits milk production

Milk yield has dipped by up to 15% in March 2024, compared to the same period last year, milk federations in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu

The stifling heatwave and acute water scarcity in several parts of southern India has led to a fall in milk production (HT)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 09:08 PM IST

In Coimbatore, three first-timers seek votes to bring the town into 21st century

The candidates in the race are from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the opposition All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, and the Bharatiya Janata Party

Coimbatore, Mar 27 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president and Coimbatore Lok Sabha candidate K. Annamalai greets supporters prior to filing his nomination papers from the Coimbatore parliamentary constituency for the upcoming elections, on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(K Annamalai-X)
Published on Apr 06, 2024 12:16 AM IST

As YSR siblings fight each other in Andhra, Congress and BJP look to benefit

The fight in Kadapa between YS Sharmila and YS Jagan Reddy is a battle of wills and political legacy. It is also the story of a family rent apart by politics

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and YS Sharmila(YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Facebook)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 08:39 PM IST

Southern Lights | Indian Union Muslim League sets its sights beyond Kerala

Aiming to fill the vacuum of a moderate Muslim voice in mainstream politics in India, the Kerala-based party is looking to widen its influence

Members of Parliament (MPs) from Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) P.K. Kunhalikutty, E.T. Muhamed Basheer and P.V. Abdul Wahab addressing the media in front of Supreme court after filing a case against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, in New Delhi on Thursday.(ANI Photo)
Published on Mar 23, 2024 05:05 PM IST

How Amul’s entry into South India is causing a churn in the cooperative industry

State milk cooperatives have fostered a no-competition spirit among each other. Now, the Gujarat-based milk procurer has caused a stir as it enters the South

Congress alleging that the ruling BJP is trying entry of Gujarat-based milk cooperative Amul to “strangulate” Nandini (ANI)
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 10:56 PM IST

Southern Lights | Congress' fate in Andhra Pradesh

YS Sharmila's appointment as Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee chief signals the party's attempts to revive its fortunes in the southern state.

New Delhi, Feb 02 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Congress president YS Sharmila meets party president Mallikarjun Kharge, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo)
(YS Sharmila-X)
Published on Mar 14, 2024 07:19 PM IST

Lok Sabha election a tightrope walk for BJP’s new Karnataka president

BY Vijayendra will have to unite a divided party, and bank on both Lingayat and Vokkaliga votes to score high in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections

Karnataka BJP chief BY Vijayendra (PTI)
Updated on Mar 07, 2024 07:41 AM IST

Southern Lights | BJP woos actors in its battle for relevance in Kerala

The party is running campaigns in the state like “Nanni Modi” to showcase its many successes. Kerala is a long-term investment, its state leaders say

Prime Minister Narendra Modi blesses the newly-wedded daughter and son-in-law of actor-politician Suresh Gopi while visiting Guruvayur Temple in Thrissur district on Wednesday (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 10:21 PM IST

A post-NDA AIADMK looks toward minorities to improve its Lok Sabha tally

The opposition party hopes a renewed outreach, coming after it ended ties with the BJP in Tamil Nadu, will help it avoid a rout similar to 2019

Chennai, Feb 19 (ANI): AIADMK General Secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami speaks to the media on Tamil Nadu Budget 2024-25, in Chennai on Monday. (ANI Photo)(Lakshmi )
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 09:04 PM IST

PM Modi’s visits, BJP’s Sneh Yatra: How saffron woos Kerala

The party drew a blank in the 2019 LS polls and the 2021 assembly elections. Here’s how it is trying to make a mark in 2024 in the southern state

BJP chief JP Nadda welcomes Kerala Janapaksham (Secular) leader P C George, his son Shone George and others as the party merges with the BJP on Wednesday. Union ministers Rajeev Chandrasekhar, V Muraleedharan and others also present. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 05:25 PM IST

How will regional parties of southern states set the narrative for 2024 polls?

Can regional parties afford to ignore national narratives of nationalism and Mandir politics in the upcoming polls? We speak to some representatives to find out

Chief ministers Pinarayi Vijayan and MK Stalin inaugurate the Vaikom Satyagraha centenary celebrations. (PTI)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 09:13 PM IST

The troubles of OPS began long before his ouster

The SC refused to stay the Tamil Nadu politician’s expulsion from AIADMK, but the once-close aide of party founder Jayalalithaa has been languishing politically

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam. (Twitter)
Published on Jan 20, 2024 07:09 PM IST

Ram and Rama: Why temple politics doesn’t ring a bell in South India

With the elections a few months away, the BJP hopes for rich dividends from the Ram temple inauguration. Will the southern states vote for it in large numbers?

Ram Mandir is ready for “pran pratishtha” (consecration ceremony) of Ram Lalla (the child Ram) on January 22. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 11, 2024 07:14 PM IST

Chennai's road to recovery after devastating December floods

If 2015 was a manmade disaster that came calling because of unregulated construction, the 2023 disaster was a combination of bad weather and worn infrastructure

An inundated area amid floods after heavy rainfall in the aftermath of Cyclone Michaung, in Chennai.(PTI)
Published on Jan 07, 2024 08:30 AM IST

In T'gana, new government lift Kaleshwaram irrigation project out of troubled wa

Two months ago, six piers of a barrage on Mallana reservoir, part of the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project, sank. The new CM must handle the colossal mess

The Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project on the Godavari river was built in 2019
Published on Jan 04, 2024 04:04 PM IST

BJP working out its LS poll strategy in Telangana to win at least 10 seats: Leaders

A pronounced and sharp campaign is on the cards to drive a perception shift to being the chief opponent in the state to both the Congress and the BRS

Telangana BJP chief G Kishan Reddy says the party is enforcing several organisational measures to improve its chances of securing at least 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 25, 2023 05:32 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

Revanth Reddy: The man who steered Congress campaign in Telangana

Fifty-four-year-old Revanth Reddy has led the Congress to victory in Telangana barely two years after he was appointed as the president of the party’s state unit

Telangana Congress president Revanth Reddy greets party workers in Hyderabad on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 03, 2023 03:16 PM IST

6 factors that helped Cong swing Telangana

The Congress appears set to unseat KCR’s Bharat Rashtra Samithi, which has ruled the state for a decade

Congress workers and supporters celebrate the party's lead in Hyderabad. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 03, 2023 01:08 PM IST
By, Hyderabad

On KCR’s turf, independents are putting up a fight against the Goliath

Close to 80 independent and rebel candidates are going to challenge the Telangana CM in the two constituencies, Gajwel and Kamareddy, on November 30. Here’s why

The rebels and independents standing up to the CM is less a sign of their invincibility and more of their unwillingness to opt out of an already tough fight between the CM (PTI)
Published on Nov 22, 2023 05:12 PM IST

Telangana polls: Congress releases manifesto, lists 2,500 relief for women

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said the party has a comprehensive plan for the development of Telangana.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge addresses a gathering after releasing the party's manifesto, in Hyderabad, Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 18, 2023 12:39 AM IST

There is dissatisfaction but it can be addressed: KT Rama Rao

The BRS, the ruling party in Telangana, is facing anti-incumbency and dissatisfaction among voters, according to KT Rama Rao, son of the chief minister.

KT Rama Rao
Updated on Nov 15, 2023 07:08 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

Poll-bound | Inside the political war rooms of Telangana

Emotions are running high in the southern state and each political party is doing its best to mine them. A look at the strategies of the BJP, Congress and BRS

It is quite a widely accepted fact CM Chandrashekar Rao’s family is where all power lies.. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 01:39 PM IST

Cricket grounds to political arena: Azhar embarks on campaign trail in Telangana

Azharuddin was known to rarely miss a catch in the slips during his times on the cricket field. Although Jubilee Hills isn’t a sitter by any stretch, the former India skipper would have to “bat well and field wisely” — the terms he used while referring to his winning strategy

Cricketer-turned-politician begins campaign at Jubilee Hills ahead of Telangana polls. (HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 07:20 AM IST
ByDeepika Amirapu, Hyderabad

Daughter of revolutionary balladeer enters Telangana gana poll fray with a focus on civic issues

Vennela, the 43-year-old Osmania University graduate, has a doctorate in management studies, and a post-graduate diploma in school management.

GV Vennela
Updated on Nov 01, 2023 06:40 AM IST
ByDeepika Amirapu, Hyderabad

Cong stakes claim to statehood movement as TRS changes name

Even before the election dates were announced, it was Sonia Gandhi who first led the Telangana state war cry making it a campaign issue

Even before the election dates were announced, it was Sonia Gandhi who first led the Telangana state war cry making it a campaign issue (File photo)
Updated on Oct 24, 2023 07:44 AM IST
ByDeepika Amirapu

Cong may offer 10gm of gold, 1L to women for marriage in Telangana

The Telangana Congress manifesto committee chairman D Sridhar Babu said the annual expenditure of this account would be about ₹250 crore

The Telangana Congress has already announced six poll guarantees on September 18.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Oct 16, 2023 01:11 PM IST
ByDeepika Amirapu

Reddys likely to get most Congress tickets in Telangana elections

After Reddy’s, Congress leaders said, the Other Backward Castes would be the second biggest group to get about 20 tickets

The Reddys in Telangana account for nearly 6% of the total four crore population (HT Archives)
Updated on Oct 14, 2023 07:26 AM IST
ByDeepika Amirapu, Hyderabad

BJP to field women, OBC candidates as part of Telangana poll strategy

Two senior BJP leaders familiar with the development confirmed that 30% of the tickets will be given to women, and more than 35% of the tickets for OBCs

The candidates list for Telangana assembly polls shall be finalised after a meeting with BJP president JP Nadda scheduled for October 4. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 28, 2023 09:08 AM IST
ByDeepika Amirapu, Hyderabad
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