Dangers of appeasement politics - Abhishek, Pioneer
Along with common Bengalis’ yearning for development, it wasporibortan, the mood of Muslim peasantry, which brought Trinamool Congress (TMC ) chief Mamata Banerjee to power in 2011. From providing allowances to the clerics, to giving free run to the rioters, to setting the time limit for Durga idol immersion, to denying permission to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-Bharatiya Janata Party (RSS-BJP) leaders’ meeting in Bengal — Banerjee is leaving no stone unturned to woo the Muslim community, which constitutes around 30 per cent of the State’s population. So, their support is crucial for her, especially in the districts of south Bengal.
Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami can smile, but not make a splash - A Subramani, Times of India
Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami must be a contented man today . The two interim orders passed by Justice M Duraiswamy of the Madras high court on Wednesday mean three things: One, the 18 disqualified rebel MLAs of the party will continue to be non-MLAs, as the court has not stayed the speaker's order disqualifying them.
Why is government creating communal distinction, Calcutta HC asks Mamata - DD News
As per its observation, the court has asked can't two communities celebrate their respective religious functions together. It asked as to when the state government are firm there is no communal harmony in the state, why is the state creating communal distinction between the two.
'It's do-or-die for Sasikala's faction' as Jayalalithaa's heir finds herself out in the cold - Amarnath K Menon, Mail Today
Is it the end of the road for the Mannargudi clan in the AIADMK? This question crops up, in light of the cynical numbers game being played out after the majority group, comprising those owing their loyalty - at the moment - to Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy (EPS) and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam (OPS), announced the expulsion of party general secretary VK Sasikala on September 12 and anointed her predecessor and their revered Amma, J Jayalalithaa, as the 'eternal' general secretary (GS).
As Tamil Nadu convulses again, a stable governance should be top priority now - Pioneer
What’s happening in Tamil Nadu’s political corridors is only expected and just the next ring in the maze of stalled governance since the death of Jayalalithaa last December. With Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal disqualifying 18 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) legislators owing allegiance to sacked party leader TTV Dhinakaran, and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam waiting in the wings to extend the chaos by debating an en masse resignation of its MLAs in protest against what they call the “murder of democracy”, it is a long haul for stability in the Assembly.
Another dynasty? In a first, kin introduced at Mayawati rally - Ishita Bhatia, Times of India
In what political experts and adversaries termed as the launch of another political dynasty, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati's brother Anand Kumar, and his young son Akash, were introduced at the former UP CM's Meerut rally, her first public meeting after the party's poll debacle in the state, on Monday.
Mixed report card for Rahul Gandhi’s outreach amid new challenges - Nidhi Sharma, Economic Times
It is down to brass tacks for the Congress. As the Grand Old Party gets ready to make the much-awaited generational shift this year, it is trying to rebuild organisation and reconnect with the masses.
Game of Thrones is back - Pioneer
Politics is inherently theatrical in Tamil Nadu, so it is not surprising that the next act of the drama has inevitably unfolded in the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) with two warring factions getting together to axe jailed Sasikala’s presence in the party set-up and also ousting her nephew TTV Dinakaran as deputy general secretary in the process.
Reshuffle: A disappointment for NDA allies - Kalyani Shankar, Pioneer
The relationship between the BJP and its allies has not been smooth. But if one looks back, the BJP and its partners have had a roller-coaster relationship.  But with the 2019 general election nearing, most NDA allies will need the BJP and vice versa.
In the melee, Edappadi K Palaniswami emerges silent killer - Jayaraj Sivan, Times of India
The AIADMK general council has marked the arrival of a master strategist -chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami -in the party. In one fell swoop, he ousted V K Sasikala from the party leadership and pre-empted his deputy O Panneerselvam from occupying the post of party general secretary.
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