Election Personalities

Raj Chakraborty, Trinamool's Celebrity Face Who Wants To Be People's Person

Raj Chakraborty, Trinamool's Celebrity Face Who Wants To Be People's Person

Edited by NDTV News Desk | Sunday May 02, 2021, Kolkata

The tradition of celebrities, including actors and cricketers, joining politics and contesting polls has a fair bit of history in Indian politics.

Ex-Actor Udhayanidhi Stalin's Bid To Script Son-Rise In Rising Sun Party

Ex-Actor Udhayanidhi Stalin's Bid To Script Son-Rise In Rising Sun Party

Written by Uma Sudhir | Saturday April 03, 2021

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.

Humayun Kabir, Trinamool's Fighter In IPS vs IPS Contest

Humayun Kabir, Trinamool's Fighter In IPS vs IPS Contest

Reported by Monideepa Banerjie, Edited by Vaibhav Tiwari | Wednesday March 31, 2021, Kolkata

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 Moon

Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021: This Candidate Is Promising Helicopters, Rs 1 Crore And A Trip To Moon

Written 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.

Blunt And Effective: Pinarayi Vijayan Embodies The Best And Worst Of Kerala Politics

Blunt And Effective: Pinarayi Vijayan Embodies The Best And Worst Of Kerala Politics

Edited by Harish Pullanoor | Saturday March 20, 2021, New Delhi

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.

Assam Election 2021: Himanta Biswa Sarma Files Nomination For Jalukbari Seat

Assam Election 2021: Himanta Biswa Sarma Files Nomination For Jalukbari Seat

Press Trust of India | Friday March 19, 2021, Guwahati

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.

Babul Supriyo, 2-Time MP, Joins Assembly Poll Fight In BJP's Mission Bengal

Babul Supriyo, 2-Time MP, Joins Assembly Poll Fight In BJP's Mission Bengal

Edited by Stela Dey | Wednesday March 17, 2021, Kolkata

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.

Suvendu Adhikari -- Grassroots Leader Who Is Challenging Mamata Banerjee

Suvendu Adhikari -- Grassroots Leader Who Is Challenging Mamata Banerjee

Written by Monideepa Banerjie | Wednesday March 17, 2021, Kolkata

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, BJP's Northeast Strategist, May Be Set For A Meatier Role

Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP's Northeast Strategist, May Be Set For A Meatier Role

Edited by Sumana Nandy | Tuesday March 16, 2021

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.

EPS, Quiet Loyalist Who Emerged From Shadows, Steadied AIADMK

EPS, Quiet Loyalist Who Emerged From Shadows, Steadied AIADMK

Written by Sam Daniel | Monday March 15, 2021, Chennai

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, No Longer Looking Invincible In Bengal, Fights Her Toughest Election

Mamata Banerjee, No Longer Looking Invincible In Bengal, Fights Her Toughest Election

Reported by Monideepa Banerjie,Saurabh Gupta, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Monday March 15, 2021, Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee, streetfighter extraordinaire, faces the toughest fight of her five-decade political career as Bengal votes for a new government.