The tradition of celebrities, including actors and cricketers, joining politics and contesting polls has a fair bit of history in Indian politics.
In the last leg of campaign for the April 6 Tamil Nadu election, a 'son' is rising in the ranks of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or DMK, whose poll symbol is the rising sun.
Retired bureaucrats have contested elections in the past. But in Bengal's Debra constituency that goes to the polls on April 1, two IPS officers are locked in a face off against each other - both known to have been close to Chief Minister Mamata Bane
Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021: This Candidate Is Promising Helicopters, Rs 1 Crore And A Trip To MoonWritten by J Sam Daniel Stalin | Thursday March 25, 2021, Chennai
A mini-helicopter and an annual deposit of Rs one crore for every home, gold jewellery for weddings, a three-storey house - a candidate in Tamil Nadu has promised the moon to voters. A trip to the moon is also on Thulam Saravanan's list of promises.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was born around two decades after the Vaikkom Satyagraha into a Thiyya family - in northern Kerala, the Thiyyas are the traditional toddy tappers. He himself may have had little experience in the trade, but the tag, often a slur in Malayalam, stuck and came handy to rivals seeking a verbal stab at him.
North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is contesting the assembly polls from Jalukbari seat, filed his nomination in Guwahati on Friday, amid cheers by a sea of supporters.
Union Minister Babul Supriyo, a two-time MP from Asansol, has been drafted by the BJP as it stakes its most popular Bengal faces in this election.
The strongman of Nandigram -- the place which catapulted Mamata Banerjee to the Chief Minister's chair -- and her minister-cum-right-hand man for years, 50-year-old Suvendu Adhikari is now her bitterest foe and angriest challenger back where it all began. Nandigram.
Himanta Biswa Sarma is the BJP's first big catch in its mission to win elections in states where it started with little or no presence. What the ruling party is hoping to achieve with Suvendu Adhikari in Bengal, was a script first used with spectacular results in Assam in 2016.
Edapaddi Palaniswami had the challenge of leading the AIADMK government after the party lost the charismatic and powerful J Jayalalithaa in 2016. Jayalalithaa -- "Amma" to the AIADMK ranks - enjoyed rare devotion of her party men, who even genuflected to her photos.
Mamata Banerjee, streetfighter extraordinaire, faces the toughest fight of her five-decade political career as Bengal votes for a new government.