'Centre watching impact of liquor ban on Kerala tourism'

The Centre is keenly watching the impact of Kerala government's decision to drastically reduce availability of liquor in the state on its flourishing tourism sector, Union minister Shripad Yesso Naik said on Friday.

Always taken anti-liquor stand: Kerala Excise Minister

The Congress-led United Democratic Front has always taken an anti-liquor stand to bring in prohibition in a phased manner, Kerala Excise Minister K. Babu said Saturday.

KPCC wants Cong lawyers not to hold Bar owners' brief

Congress in Kerala has urged the party high command to restrain lawyers associated with the party from appearing for the liquor barons in the petition filed by them in the Supreme Court, challenging the UDF Government's decision to close down over 700 bars.

No rift in UDF over liquor policy: Sudheeran

Asserting that the ruling Congress-led UDF would go ahead with its decision to shut over 700 liquor bars, KPCC president VM Sudheeran on Wednesday said there was no rift within the Congress or the coalition over the new liquor policy.

Won't go back on liquor policy: Kerala CM

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday made it clear that his government would not go back on its new liquor policy of limiting bar licenses to only 5-star hotels as part of a move to implement total prohibition in the state in 10 years' time.

Kerala to close down 700 bars, Sundays to be dry

The ruling Congress-led UDF in Kerala has decided to shut down over 700 liquor bars attached to hotels below the five-star categories besides make Sundays "dry days”.

People of Kerala are with UDF: Oommen Chandy

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said the the Lok Sabha polls has "proved" that the people are with the Congress led United Democratic Front in Kerala.

Kerala: Opposition walkout over price rise of food items

CPI-M led LDF Opposition in Kerala on Wednesday staged a walkout from the Assembly in protest against the UDF government`s `failure` to contain price rise of essential commodities.

Kerala`s Left parties to introspect after Lok Sabha polls debacle

The Left parties in Kerala failed to cash in sufficiently on the anti-Congress sentiment and won only eight of the 20 seats in the southern state.

Kerala result makes Oommen Chandy stronger

The victory of the ruling Congress-led UDF in 12 of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state has made Chief Minister Oommen Chandy stronger as Kerala is one of the few states that bucked the anti-Congress trend in the country.

Counting to take place in 160 centres in Kerala: CEO

All arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of counting of votes for the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala that went to polls on April 10, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Kerala Nalini Netto said here on Tuesday.

Richie Rich candidates in northeast poll fray

Nearly a third of the candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the northeast are multi-millionaires.

Post-poll acrimony: Sudheeran asks UDF leaders to exercise restraint

Resenting controversial post-poll comments by some UDF leaders, Kerala PCC president VM Sudheeran urged the coalition partners to exercise restraint.

UDF, LDF battle for Kerala`s 24 million votes

At the end of a long, sustained, acrimonious electoral campaign, the fate of Kerala`s traditional political foes, the Congress-led UDF and the Left-led LDF, will be decided by some 24 million voters.

Rajagopal hopeful of winning this time

BJP veteran O Rajagopal, engaged in a hard battle with the UDF and LDF contestants to end his party`s electoral jinx in Kerala, said the wind was blowing in his way this time.

War of words heats up Kerala politics

With just 10 days to go for Lok Sabha poll in Kerala, the war of words between the LDF and the UDF has heated up the election scene in the state.

Lok Sabha polls: Is it going to be UDF or LDF in Kerala?

With just twenty Lok Sabha seats, Kerala has eight ministers in the present Union cabinet. Of the eight two are Cabinet ranked, while other six are Ministers of State. This probably explains the importance of the southern state in UPA`s calculations which has traditionally seen a direct contest between the Congress-led United Democratic Front and the CPI(M) backed Left Democratic Front.

A triangular battle for a lone Mizoram seat

With a lone Lok Sabha seat, the General Elections in Mizoram would be a triangular one. After the withdrawal of candidature by Independent candidate Vanlalngaia, only three candidates are in the fray.

ZNP, BJP, HPC withdraw from UDF

In a sudden turn of events, the Zoram Nationalist Party, BJP and the Hmar People`s Convention have withdrawn from the United Democratic Front.

CM to inaugurate UDF district convention on Saturday

The district convention of the United Democratic Front (UDF) will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday, party sources said.