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Post-poll scenario
DMK forms grand alliance
BJP-AIADMK form alliance
Now, it's parting time
Seat sharing and its fall-out
BJP courting AIADMK
Jaya keeps 'em guessing
POTA plays spoilsport
Vaiko released on bail
DMK-BJP locking horns
PMK's initial dithering
Pondy issue
Rajni targets Ramadoss
TN CM faces uphill task
A new twist
On the campaign trail
Others
Predictions of survey

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Post-poll scenario

  DMK gets Shipping, Revenue (20040526) New
  Ministers to take charge today (20040526) New
  Accord on portfolios not honoured: Karunanidhi (20040525) New
  Representation for southern districts will make me happy: Karunanidhi (20040524)
  DMK Ministers not to take charge (20040524)
  Tamil Nadu secures 12 berths (20040523)
  `BJP should go it alone in Assembly polls' (20040523)
  PMK assures support to Manmohan Singh (20040521)
  DMK will join Government: Karunanidhi (20040520)
  Why the DMK is a special ally (20040520)
  Jayalalithaa withdraws defamation cases against media (20040519)
  Free farm power supply restored, income ceiling goes for PDS (20040519)
  Jayalalithaa chooses the easier option (20040519)
  We need more time to decide on joining government: Karunanidhi (20040517)
  PMK wants Jayalalithaa Government dismissed (20040517)
  CM must quit for planned deletions: DPA (20040516)
  PMK to join govt at Centre (20040516)
  MDMK will not be part of Centre: Vaiko (20040515)
  Will DMK front make political demands on the Centre? (20040515)
  DMK front sweeps polls (20040514)
  `CM must own moral responsibility for defeat' (20040514)
  `Alliance with AIADMK cost BJP heavily' (20040514)
  It is God's mandate, says Rajnikant (20040514)
  AIADMK draws a blank in the south again (20040514)
  Congress ties will continue: Karunanidhi (20040511)

DMK forms grand alliance

  Traders association to back DPA (20040315)
  MGR Kazhagam to support DPA (20040315)
  Muslim federation to support DPA (20040313)
  Bardhan, Ramadoss meet Karunanidhi (20040122)
  DMK names front Democratic Progressive Alliance (20040121)
  Seat-sharing talks satisfactory: DMK (20040120)
  DMK-IUML ties are never strained' (20040119)
  DMK team calls on Sonia (20040118)
  DMK puts together a formidable alliance (20040113)
  Talk of two secular fronts `misplaced': DMK chief (20040112)
  DMK-Congress tie-up represents people's sentiments: Vasan (20040112)
  Formal alliance talks soon: Congress (20040102)
  We can co-exist with Congress: MDMK (20040101)

BJP-AIADMK form alliance

  Vajpayee may address Chennai meeting (20040317)
  RPI to support AIADMK (20040316)
  AIADMK ties won't sour again: Advani (20040313)
  BJP to contest 7 seats in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry (20040219)
  AIADMK-BJP talks progressing' (20040202)

Now, it's parting time

  PMK Ministers tender resignations (20040115)
  PMK also leaves NDA to join DMK front (20040113)
  MDMK quits NDA (20031230)
  DMK pulls out Ministers, to extend issue-based support to NDA (20031221)
  MDMK wants DMK to lead walkout on NDA (20030427)
  Karunanidhi planning to snap ties at national level too: BJP (20030101)
  Lies, part of BJP plan to ally with AIADMK: Karunanidhi (20021231)
  Karunanidhi disbands NDA in State (20020325)

Seat sharing and its fall-out

  Protest by Congressmen snowballs (20040325)
  Protests delay release of Congress list (20040324)
  Aladi Aruna suspended from DMK (20040305)
  BJP promises RS seat to Thirunavukkarasar (20040220)
  Cadre anger will be a passing phase, says Ganesan (20040220)
  DMK, Congress yet to reach accord (20040217)
  DMK, Congress reach accord on seat-sharing (20040203)
  Congressmen protest non-allotment of Nagercoil seat (20040202)
  CPI to contest Coimbatore, Tenkasi seats (20040202)
  2 Kannan supporters quit Ministry (20040129)
  DPI parts company with DMK (20040127)
  Kannan quits Congress (20040127)
  PMK to contest from six constituencies (20040124)
  Pondicherry PMK elated, disbelief in Congress (20040124)

BJP courting AIADMK

  Venkaiah to meet Jayalalithaa on January 28 (20040123)
  BJP chief seeks meeting with Jayalalithaa (20040122)
  AIADMK alliance possible: Thirunavukkarasar (20040111)
  BJP to contest at least 10 seats in Tamil Nadu (20040108)
  Lead NDA front in State, BJP tells AIADMK (20040103)
  Shifting positions - has the realignment begun? (20021220)
  Jayalalithaa pledges support (20020718)

Jaya keeps 'em guessing

  Talks with AIADMK on: Fernandes (20040215)
  Announcement on sharing of seats soon: BJP (20040209)
  I am not in the race for PM: Jayalalithaa (20040120)
  No decision yet on AIADMK alliance (20040118)

POTA plays spoilsport

  Selective use of POTA (20030401)
  'Cong. will join stir against POTA' (20030315)
  Review committee to check misuse of POTA (20030314)
  Karunanidhi meets Vaiko in prison (20021106)
  State Govt. cannot ban any party: MDMK (20020815)
  I won't seek bail, will take issue to people: Vaiko (20020713)
  We'll take steps to ban MDMK, says Jayalalithaa (20020713)
  Vaiko held under POTA, taken to Madurai (20020712)
  What POTA says on support for terrorism (20020705)

Vaiko released on bail

  Consider withdrawing POTA case against Vaiko: govt. (20040508)
  `MDMK will emerge as separate Dravidian force' (20040507)
  POTA panel order binding on government: High Court (20040430)
  Vaiko not contesting poll (20040220)
  MDMK will not join any Govt. at Centre (20040215)
  PMK, Congress leaders call on Vaiko (20040210)
  DPA leaders call on Vaiko (20040209)
  Vaiko released from prison, begins campaign (20040208)
  MDMK chief begins campaign, a mascot for DPA (20040208)
  Vaiko to abide by court conditions (20040206)

DMK-BJP locking horns

  Don't nag DMK, Naidu tells partymen (20030314)
  'POTA arrests go against Advani promise' (20030313)
  DMK strategy affecting ties at Centre: BJP (20030310)
  BJP workers now free to back AIADMK (20030131)
  DMK moving away from BJP: Ganesan (20021124)
  Sorting out differences with DMK not a one-sided affair: Naidu (20020727)
  DMK failed to show basic courtesy: BJP (20020328)
  BJP in no hurry to appease DMK (20020327)
  Decision won't harm NDA Govt: DMK (20020327)
  Realignment on the cards (20020326)

PMK's initial dithering

  PMK grappling with dissensions (20040317)
  DMK, AIADMK waiting for PMK decision (20040112)
  Marriage metaphor causes PMK-BJP discord (20040108)
  Leave NDA, CPI (M) tells PMK (20040108)
  PMK non-committal on alliance (20040102)
  PMK decision not good for State: Nallakannu (20031227)

Pondy issue

  Youth Congress leader to contest in Pondy (20040318)
  Congress will not contest Pondy seat (20040309)
  Decision on Pondy seat in two days: Sonia (20040214)
  Kannan's decision sparks speculation (20040209)
  Kannan withdraws resignation (20040208)
  Let us contest, Pondy leaders tell Sonia (20040207)

Rajni targets Ramadoss

  Ramadoss accepts Rajnikant's challenge (20040413)
  `My vote is for BJP front' (20040412)
  `PMK will meet the challenge politically' (20040412)

TN CM faces uphill task

  Why this anti-incumbency factor in State? (20040505)

A new twist

  Congress more concerned about Dalit parties and votes (20040217)
  PT vows to defeat DPA candidates (20040208)
  Tirumavalavan resignation accepted (20040205)
  Tirumavalavan quits Assembly membership (20040204)
  DPI, PT will work together in Dalit interests (20040203)
  DK not to support AIADMK-BJP combine (20040131)

On the campaign trail

  DPA allies in favour of Sonia heading govt.: Vasan (20040510)
  Too many PM aspirants in Opposition: Ganesan (20040510)
  `Teach a lesson to AIADMK' (20040510)
  A bitter campaign comes to a close (20040509)
  AIADMK, BJP failed people: Sonia (20040508)
  Raise above State-level issues: Vajpayee (20040506)
  No plan to adopt harsh measures, Jayalalithaa tells government staff (20040503)
  AIADMK regime vindictive towards opponents: DMK (20040502)
  BJP must return to power for achieving State's demands: CM (20040430)
  CPI(M) not for use of Article 356, says Varadarajan (20040430)
  TN sliding, not shining: Chidambaram (20040420)
  DPA has no vision for development: Jayalalithaa (20040420)
  Anti-incumbent mood is strong: Vasan (20040418)
  DK will target BJP (20040418)
  Violations will increase with lengthy campaign: Vaiko (20040417)
  Vajpayee, Jayalalithaa to address May 5 meeting (20040413)
  No need for law to target one person: Karunanidhi (20040330)
  Jayalalithaa seeks absolute majority in State's interest (20040323)
  Jayalalithaa betrayed State on Cauvery issue: Vaiko (20040323)
  Nedumaran to campaign for DPA (20040321)
  It's Vajpayee versus Sonia, says Jayalalithaa (20040310)
  Record protest against anti-people policies: DMK (20040310)
  Jayalalithaa begins campaign today (20040309)

Others

  Many voters with identity cards return disappointed (20040511)
  EC show-cause to Pondy AIAMDK (20040502)
  NJP-Janata Party coalition, a forerunner to third front: Swamy (20040331)
  `Rajni fans will work against PMK' (20040322)
  Bring U.P. experience to Tamil Nadu: Mayawati (20040322)
  Seats allotment in People's Alliance (20040316)
  Vazhapadiyar Peravai to support AIADMK alliance (20040304)
  DK to support DPA, defers decision on Pondy (20040303)
  Tamil Nadu parties steal a march in poll readiness (20040220)
  Chidambaram may get Rajya Sabha seat (20040216)
  Janata Party to support AIADMK (20040206)
  Rajni fans stage demonstration (20040206)
  Clash between Rajnikant fans, PMK men averted (20040205)
  INL upset with DMK (20040204)
  Veera Vanniar Peravai to become a political party (20040202)

Predictions of survey

  Exit polls see hung Parliament (20040511)
  Poll survey predicts sweep for NDA (20040131)


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