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Panneerselvam Demands for Probe into Jayalalithaa's Death on her Birth Anniversary
During his first election rally in Manipur's Imphal (legislative assembly election to be held on 4 March and 8 March 2017), Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack at Manipur’s congress government by holding it responsible for destroying “the Switzerland of East”. He accused Manipur’s Ibobi Singh government of sitting tight for 15 years and doing nothing (neither employment nor development). PM Modi asked people of Manipur to elect BJP and promised to deliver irrigation facilities to farmers, health care to aged persons, work to younger generation, and education to children. He promised to deliver development in just 15 months, what Congress government couldn't deliver in last 15 years.
O Panneerselvam has demanded for probe into former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa's death on the occasion of her birth anniversary. He also vowed to take back AIADMK from all the members whom Jayalalithaa had expelled.
Panneerselvam also highlighted many hardships which were faced by Jayalalithaa before she became one of the most successful leaders of the state.
Shurhozelie Liezitsu, president of Nagaland People’s Front (NPF), was sworn in as the new chief minister of Nagaland on Wednesday. Governor P B Acharya invited Shurhozelie in order to form the next government. Earlier this week, he was unanimously elected as the leader of Democratic Alliance of Nagaland's (DAN) legislature party.
As per reports, 58 DAN MLAs showed their support by signing in favour of Shurhozelie on Monday.
As per reports, AIADMK general secretary Sasikala's lawyers are trying to get her transferred to Chennai's Puzhal Central Prison from Bengaluru's Parappana Agrahara jail. According to procedures, her lawyers would be required to apply either to the superintendent of Parappana Agrahara jail or they will have to approach the Karnataka law minister.
Reports also say that the law ministry will be considering the legal options.
Conviction of Sasikala and her relatives J Ilavarasi and V N Sudhakara on charges of the disproportionate assets case was upheld by the Supreme Court on 14 February.
The new Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami made some important decisions including shutting down around 500 liquor shops and approving a 50 per cent subsidy for working women. This would help the working women to buy new two-wheeler vehicles. The other decisions include a hike in maternity aid from Rs 12,000 to Rs 18,000 and 5000 new houses would be built for fishermen.
Reports also say that the monthly allowance for unemployed people has been increased by the chief minister.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has donated Rs 50,000 to the party of rights activist Irom Sharila, which is fighting elections in Manipur.
With acute shortage of finances and manpower, Sharmila’s party Peoples’ Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) has taken online route for crowdfunding to raise funds. Also the party is campaigning on cycle to reach out to the people.
Kejriwal said that he is donating an amount of Rs 50,000 to Irom Sharmila. He also made an appeal to people on Twitter to help her.
PRJA is the first regional party of Manipur which has gone out for crowdfunding to finance the poll expenses in the state. According to the party sources, online crowdfunding is an idea in order to involve more people, thus bringing transparency in election funding.
The party has so far collected Rs 4.5 lakh through crowdfunding.
Uttar Pradesh Police has filed an FIR against senior Samajwadi Party minister Gayatri Prajapati on Saturday, for his involvement in the cases of alleged gang rape and attempt to rape a woman and her minor daughter.
The Supreme Court had directed the police to book the minister on Friday, thus giving a major blow to the ruling Samajwadi Party.
Circle Officer of Hazratganj, Avanish Kumar Mishra, said the FIR was lodged in Gautampalli Police Station in Lucknow against the minister and six of his accomplices under various sections of the IPC and POCSO Act.
The apex court's direction came on a PIL filed by a woman who sought court’s intervention for filing FIR allegeding repeated gang rape by Prajapati and others.
The alleged incident first took place in October 2014 and continued till July 2016. It was when the accused tried to molest the minor daughter of the petitioner, that she decided to file a complaint after her written request to the DGP in October 2016 went unheeded.
When no FIR was lodged, she moved the apex court seeking justice.
Meanwhile, speaking to the media, Prajapati said that it was a political move by BJP to ruin his image as he belongs to a poor family. He also claimed that he doesn't even know the victim.
As Tamil Nadu is going to witness a trust vote on Saturday after 30 years, CM Palaniswami and his supporters are reportedly quite confident about fetching most of the votes. The group led by CM Palaniswami has already 124 MLAs.
On the other hand, Panneerselvam urged to AIADMK MLAs not to support the new Tamil Nadu CM in the trust vote.
Reports say that Palaniswami would require 117 votes to come in power.
Edappadi K Palaniswami has been appointed as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu by the state's Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday.
The chief minister-designate has been requested by the governor to seek the assembly's vote confidence within 15 days.
The decision was conveyed to Palaniswami when he visited the Raj Bhawan at 11.30 am, along with the party presidium chairman K A Sengottaiyan and senior ministers Dindigul C Sreenivasan and P Thangamani.
Reports say that 124 legislators support Palaniswami.
AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala left for Bengaluru from Chennai on Wednesday. She will be reaching Parappana Agrahara prison in Bengaluru around 4pm, where she will be surrendering before a court on the prison premises. After finishing all the formalities, she will be lodged in the enclosure for women in the jail.
While on her way to Bengaluru, she was accompanied by her sister-in-law J Elavarasi.
AIADMK general secretary Sasikala has been arrested by the Supreme Court on Tuesday in the disproportionate assets case. This decision ended her bid to become the Tamil Nadu chief minister.
Reports say that Sasikala has been asked by the court to surrender immediately. Along with her, others who were involved in the case, will be serving the remaining part of the sentence.
As per reports, AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala mentioned on Monday that she got to know about the conspiracy of dividing the party after the death of former chief minister J Jayalalitha in December.
Speaking from the former CM’s Poes Garden residence in Chennai, she stated that though people are trying their best to divide the party, she will not let that happen.
VK Sasikala also revealed that she was in much pain after the death of former CM Jayalalitha, thus did not take the charge of Tamil Nadu chief minister, instead Panneerselvam took it. Finally she said she is not scared as she and the party have seen thousands of such Panneerselvams.
As per reports, a pistol was recovered from senior BJP leader and Sardhana legislator Sangeet Som's brother Gagan Som near a polling booth in UP. After being spotted with the pistol, he was detained by the police as the act was violating election rules.
An urgent hearing of a PIL trying to stall party general secretary VK Sasikala from taking oath as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has been refused by the Supreme Court on Friday. The hearing has been declined by the Apex court till the decision on Sasikala's disproportionate assets case comes.
The top court will be delivering its judgment within a week on the appeals against acquittal of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa in a corruption case, in which Sasikala is also a co-accused. This might not be a very good news for Sasikala if she is found guilty.
As per reports, executive orders have been issued by O Panneerselvam to convert former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa’s residence at Poes Garden into a museum.
Reports also say that his plans for removing some of the top cops by the end of the day are getting finalised.
However, all these decisions taken by Panneerselvam can be changed after the assembly floor test.
After taking stand against party general secretary VK Sasikala and claiming that he was forced to resign from his position of Tamil Nadu chief Minister, O Panneerselvam has been casted as a traitor by Sasikala. She mentioned on Wednesday that traitors have never won and will never achieve their goal. She also mentioned that she will put a stop to all the wrongdoings of Panneerselvam.
Talking about the party, she said that AIADMK will not be divided as the workers aim for the welfare of the party.
As per reports, Manohar Parrikar had addressed a gathering in north Goa on 29 January and tried to bribe them to get votes for Bharatiya Janata Party. On the basis of this, Election Commission has issued a notice against the Defence Minister on Tuesday. The election body has sought its final reply from Parrikar by 9 February.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray announced on Tuesday that Hardik Patel, the Patidar quota stir leader, is going to be the face during the party's Assembly polls in Gujarat. The state will be witnessing polls in its 182 constituencies later this year and the Bharatiya Janata Party will fight anti-incumbency.
However, Shiv Sena is still an alliance partner in Gujarat and at the Centre.
As per reports, Sasikala Natarajan is going to be Tamil Nadu's next chief minister. O Panneerselvam who was serving as the acting chief minister of the state, resigned from his position for some personal reasons.
Sasikala, who is known as Chinnamma, was always the aide and confidante of Jayalalitha, and was never given any formal role in the party.
Varun Gandhi, who was initially dropped from the list of BJP “star campaigners” in Uttar Pradesh, has been included for the third and fourth phases of polling in the state on Thursday. In a list of 40, Gandhi has been named as the 39th star campaigner.
The star campaigners list include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party President Amit Shah, Kanpur MP, veteran party leader Murli Manohar Joshi, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Uma Bharati, Arun Jaitley, M. Venkiah Naidu, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goel, VK Singh, Mukhtaar Abbas Naqvi and Nitin Gadkari.