IT has been a long wait for 68-year-old Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin. On May 7, he will finally assume office and become the third chief minister of Tamil Nadu from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), a party that has ruled the state for 21 years since March 1967, when the hegemony of the Dravidian parties began. After a decade in the opposition and having emerged from the shadow of his father— five-time chief minister, the late M. Karunanidhi—Stalin has steered the 13-party Secular Progressive Alliance to a comfortable win (159 of the 234 assembly seats, including 133 on the DMK symbol; five seats are allies who contested under the ‘Rising Sun’) in the April 6 polls.
He would have hoped to do even better, going by the DMK’s sweeping victory in the 2019 parliamentary election, winning 38 out of the 39 Lok Sabha seats. But the rival All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), led by the outgoing chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami (EPS), proved that the party is no pushover, even in the absence of their late, iconic leader, J. Jayalalithaa. The AIADMK and its allies won 75 seats and will be an effective opposition. Meanwhile, the number of parties represented in the assembly has doubled, from four in 2016 to eight now.
However, the prospect of a lively opposition is not the biggest challenge facing Stalin. It will be fighting the Covid-19 surge. This is something his predecessor EPS handled well, even as he implemented development and welfare measures to mitigate anti-incumbency at the polls. Despite the stresses of an election year, EPS ensured that the state’s health system functioned efficiently. Tamil Nadu has set a benchmark in conducting the highest number of RT-PCR tests in the country and also has a low mortality rate of 1.19 per cent. For Stalin, the first few weeks in office may prove to be daunting as the virulent second wave of the pandemic sweeps through the state. He will be compelled to demonstrate that he can handle it as well if not better than his predecessor.
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The Minority Report
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How To Win Over The Biggest Votebank
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अस्पतालों में ऑक्सीजन व बेड की कमी नहीं
मंदिरों पर कब्जे की जंग
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Book hoarders of O2 cylinders, Remdesivir under Goondas Act: CM
As reports of Remdesivir drug and oxygen cylinders being hoarded in many parts of the state keep surfacing on news, Chief Minister MK Stalin, on Saturday, directed the police department to book those who hoard the drug and oxygen cylinders and sell them at exorbitant prices under the Goondas Act.
Stalin makes public appeal for donations to CM's Covid Relief Fund
CHIEF Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday requested the general public and private organisations to donate generously to the Chief Minister’s Public relief fund (CMPRF) in a bid to support government efforts to contain Covid-19.
223 MLAs assume charge in Tamil Nadu assembly
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पलानीस्वामी अन्नाद्रमुक विधायक दल के नेता चुने गए, विस में विपक्ष के नेता होंगे
पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री ई के पलानीस्वामी को अन्नाद्रमुक विधायक दल का नेता चुना गया, इसके बाद वह राज्य विधानसभा में विपक्ष के नेता होंगे। पलानीस्वामी को सोमवार को सर्वसम्मति से पार्टी कार्यालय में आयोजित नव-निर्वाचित विधायकों की दूसरी बैठक में अन्नाद्रमुक विधानमंडल दल का नेता चुना गया।
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FULL LOCKDOWN IN TN FOR TWO WEEKS FROM MONDAY
To help the public prepare for lockdown, all shops will be let to function from 6 am to 9 pm today
PwDs too request free bus travel
A day after Chief Minister MK Stalin rolled out the scheme of free travel for women in ordinary city and town buses, persons with disabilities (PwDs) has requested the Chief Minister to include them in the scheme too. They further pointed out that a promise in this regard had been made in DMK’s election manifesto.
DMK CHIEF M. K. STALIN BECOMES TAMIL NADU CHIEF MINISTER
“Stalin Thaan Varraaru, Namakku Vidivu Tharraaru” (Stalin is only coming and will give us a Dawn) was the key slogan around which the Indian political party” Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam” (DMK) conducted its election campaign for the Tamil Nadu State Assembly polls held this year. The message conveyed by the slogan was that the DMK led by its leader M.K. Stalin was definitely winning the elections and that Stalin as Chief Minister would usher in a new Dawn for all. The first part of the slogan has been proven right. With the DMK winning the recently concluded Tamil Nadu state assembly elections, Stalin has certainly arrived. Now the 72 million population of Tamil Nadu state waits for the new Chief Minister Stalin to usher in a new dawn and make the second part of the campaign slogan come true.