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Adarsh scam: Ashok Chavan alleges BJP indulged in vendetta politics

After the Bombay High Court decided to set aside Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao’s decision to sanction his prosecution by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), former chief minister and state Congress chief Ashok Chavan charged that the BJP government was indulging in vendetta politics.”The Bombay High Court has decided to set aside and squash the decision of the incumbent Governor to allow (the CBI) to prosecute me,” said Chavan, who is also a Lok Sabha MP from Nanded, while speaking after the HC’s ruling on Friday. No new material and evidence had been found to justify the overturning of previous Governor K Shankarnarayanan’s decision to the agency to disallow prosecution, he added, stating that Rao’s predecessor had noted that there was no evidence to allow prosecution against him.Chavan alleged that the decision of the BJP-led government to suggest his prosecution smacked of “political vendetta.” “This was done with an intention of revenge, to finish off political adversaries,” he charged.Also readAdarsh scam: Big relief for Ashok Chavan, Bombay HC sets aside governor’s sanction to prosecute him”The prestige of the office of the Governor has been restored. Otherwise, this would have set a wrong precedent… I have not done anything wrong and today’s decision has made it clear. The truth shall prevail” noted Chavan.

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Adarsh scam: Big relief for Ashok Chavan, Bombay HC sets aside governor’s sanction to prosecute him

In a big relief to former chief minister Ashok Chavan, Bombay high court on Friday set aside governor’s sanction for prosecuting him in the Adarsh case. Ashok Chavan had filed a petition challenging Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao’s assent to prosecute him. Advocate hiten venegaonkar appearing for CBI said that the agency would appeal against the HC order in the Supreme Court.The state had opposed his petition arguing that if it is allowed it would mean a straight acquittal for him. It would then render the entire probe “futile”. Also readAdarsh scam: Maha defends Chavan’s prosecution(This is a breaking news. More details to follow)

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Want professor back, tweet University of Mumbai students

A few days after Dr Sanjay Ranade, an associate professor and head of Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Mumbai, quit his post, following allegations that he used casteist slurs against a colleague, his students have launched an online campaign requesting officials to take him back.The department’s former head, Dr Sunder Rajdeep, registered a case against him and his colleague, Daivata Patil, in September under the Prevention of Atrocities Act at the Bandra Kurla Complex police station.The students have written to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, who is also the university’s chancellor, requesting him to reject Dr Ranade’s resignation. The professor’s former and current students have also taken to Twitter to garner support using #WeWantRanade.”Dr Ranade’s contribution has been immense. It is disappointing if he has to quit. We are appealing the varsity to take him back,” said Aditya Biwalkar, an MA student.Meanwhile, Dr Ranade would be relieved of all his official duties on Monday which is his last working day at the university.

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Boost for TN CM: Speaker disqualifies18 MLAs from TTV Dhinakaran’s camp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal on Monday disqualified 18 rebel MLAs supporting ousted AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, in a move that brings down the magic number in the 234-member House to 109 as against 117 before, and boosts Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s position.The CM claims support of 114 MLAs who had recently met and ousted Dhinakaran and his jailed aunt VK Sasikala from the party. The Speaker also wrote to the Election Commission, intimating it that the 18 constituencies are now vacant after the disqualification.The Madras High Court had ruled on Thursday that no floor test in the Assembly can take place till September 20 when it hears the pleas of Opposition DMK and a rebel MLA.Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao rushed to Delhi and had a meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind. He also met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.Dhinakaran said his MLAs would move court against the disqualification and take part in a floor test — as and when it happens. He alleged the Governor’s inaction has led to the murder of democracy.

Tamil Nadu: Dhinakaran meets Governor, seeks removal of CM Palaniswami, deputy OPS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sidelined AIADMK (Amma) deputy chief TTV Dhinakaran on Thursday said he has sought the removal of Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam during his meeting with Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao even as he asserted that he didn’t want the state government to fall.At his first meeting with the governor after 19 MLAs loyal to him expressed lack of confidence in the chief minister last month, he accused the government of exerting pressure on his camp to woo the MLAs back to their fold.”It is evident he (Palaniswami) has no majority. Therefore, he should be asked (by the governor) to prove majority,” Dhinakaran told reporters outside his residence after the meeting at the Raj Bhavan.He said he had sought “action” on the August 22 demand of his camp MLAs, who had earlier told the governor that they had lost confidence in the chief minister and that he should be removed.”Our intention is to change the chief minister and (Deputy CM) O Panneerselvam,” he said.The governor told the delegation that “he is watching everything. He said he will soon take a good decision and do his duty”, Dhinakaran said.Asked about MLA SDK Jakkaiyan reportedly switching over to the Palaniswami camp, Dhinakaran merely said he had spoken to him this morning and that it was natural for people to get jittery when pressurised.On August 22, 19 pro-Dhinakaran MLAs had met Rao and told him they had lost confidence in Palaniswami and wanted him to be removed as chief minister.The number of dissident MLAs has since grown to 21.The Dhinakaran camp MLAs had met Rao a day after the formal merger of the two factions of ruling AIADMK led by Palaniswami and then rebel leader and present Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on August 21.The revolt in the ruling party had sparked demands for the governor to order the government to face a floor test in the assembly.The DMK, Congress and Left parties had even knocked the doors of President Ram Nath Kovind in this regard.The governor had earlier told a delegation of Left and VCK leaders that the issue was the AIADMK’s internal matter and that he cannot intervene.Earlier, during the hearing of a PIL seeking a floor test in the Madras High Court, the state Advocate General had also contended that the revolt by 19 MLAs was the AIADMK’s internal affair and that the Governor cannot interfere in it.Palaniswami and Dhinakaran have been at loggerheads ever since the merger, with the unified AIADMK declaring that the latter had been removed from the deputy general secretary post on August 10 itself and questioning his authority to make changes in the party set up.In the 234-member house, the AIADMK has a strength of 135, including the Speaker.The opposition has a total strength of 98, including 89 of the DMK, eight of the Congress and an IUML member.

Guv okays Lokayukta probe against Housing Min Prakash Mehta

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao on Wednesday asked Lokayukta to probe the allegations against Housing Minister Prakash Mehta in the issue of his controversial approval of the slum rehabilitation scheme (SRA) project at MP Mill compound, Tardeo.The Opposition had alleged that Mehta approved the Rs 2,000-crore controversial SRA project by violating prescribed norms. It demanded the resignation of Mehta and a judicial probe. However, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced a probe by the Lokayukta in the preceding monsoon session of the state Assembly.As per norms, the Lokayukta requires the permission of the governor to open an investigation on Mehta, an MLA and minister. “Permission has been granted on Wednesday by the Governor. CM Fadnavis had requested the Governor to issue a direction to the Lokayukta to investigate into Mehta’s SRA approval matter,” the Governor press note said.The Governor has ordered investigation under Sub Section (3) of Section 17 of the Maharashtra Lokayukta and Upa-Lokayukta Act, 1971.Opposition leaders said that by ordering the probe by Lokayukta against Mehta, the CM has saved himself. “In the file approved by Mehta, he has clearly mentioned that he had informed the CM of this decision. This shows that the CM is also involved in this the scam. This has to be investigated properly by setting up a judicial probe. We have very little hope from the Lokayukta. Besides, Mehta has not resigned so there are chances of him influencing the inquiry,” said Nawab Malik, NCP spokesperson.

After Palaniswami, AIADMK leader Dhinakaran removes another minister from party post

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In less than a week after removing Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami from party post, sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran on Monday removed Electricity Minister P Thangamani from Namakkal District Secretary post.He replaced him with S Anbazhagan.The post of district secretary is an important one in the Dravidian parties’ hierarchy.Dhinakaran, engaged in a bitter tussle for power with Chief Minister K Palaniswami, on Sunday removed the latter from a party post.The combative Dhinakaran has already removed a number of ministers and other functionaries from various positions in the AIADMK and gave them to his supporters.He has effected a number of changes in the party structure since the merger of the factions led by Palaniswami and former chief minister O Panneerselvam on August 21.After the merger, it was announced that steps would be taken to expel jailed AIADMK general secretary and Dhinakaran’s aunt V K Sasikala from the party.Dhinakaran had on Saturday removed Government Chief Whip S Rajendran from the post of the party’s Ariyalur district secretary days after he wrote to Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal seeking action against 19 MLAs loyal to him.The MLAs had last week met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and expressed their lack of confidence in Palaniswami, triggering demands by opposition parties, including the DMK, for a direction to the Chief Minister to prove his majority in the assembly.

AIADMK merger: TTV Dhinakaran sacks chief government whip who sought disqualification of 19 rebel MLAs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sidelined AIADMK Deputy General Secretary T T V Dhinakaran today removed chief government whip S Rajendran from a key party post, two days after the latter sought disqualification of the 19 MLAs owing allegiance to him.Rajendran was being “relieved” as the district secretary of Ariyalur, Dhinakaran said in a statement, while continuing to effect changes in the party ranks.He appointed P Muthiayan in Rajendran’s place.On Thursday, Rajendran had petitioned Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal for the disqualification of the 19 pro-Dhinakaran MLAs who had revolted against Chief Minister K Palaniswami.The Dhinakaran-loyalist MLAs had met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao seeking removal of Palaniswami as the chief minister.Following Rajendran’s plea, the Speaker had issued notices to all the 19 MLAs, seeking their response on the matter.Citing reports, Rajendran had said the MLAs told Rao they were “withdrawing” support to Palaniswami even as there was no change in the party’s February 14 unanimous decision to elect him as AIADMK Legislature Party Leader.The legislators had also addressed the media, which was an “anti-party activity” and the act implied “voluntary relinquishing of membership”, Rajendran had said.They were therefore liable to be disqualified under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, he had said in his petition to the Speaker, besides quoting from a Tamil Nadu anti- defection law.Today, Dhinakaran removed AIADMK’s district secretaries of Villupuram (South) and Sivaganga.Villupuram (South) functionary and MLA R Kumaraguru was being replaced by K G P Gnanamoorthy, Dhinakaran said.He also removed Lok Sabha MP P R Senthilnathan as the party’s Sivaganga district secretary. K K Umadevan has been declared the new district secretary.All the changes were being made with the “approval” of party chief V K Sasikala, Dhinakaran said.Dhinakaran, who is involved in a tussle for power with Palaniswami, has been reshuffling the party ranks in the past few days. He has removed, among others, five ministers, from party posts and replaced them with his supporters. PTI SA B

Guv may fuel TN govt floor test

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As uncertainty looms large over Tamil Nadu politics following the revolt of 19 dissident MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran against Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami, in-charge Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao is in the limelight again as the demand for a floor test for the AIADMK government is gaining momentum.Maharashtra Governor Rao, who holds additional charge of Tamil Nadu, will arrive in Chennai on Saturday and is expected to take a call on the opposition demand for trust vote. After swearing-in O. Panneerselvam and K Pandiarajan as deputy CM and education minister respectively hours after the merger of the two rival factions of the AIADMK on Monday, Rao left for Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon. He met the 19 dissident MLAs before that and handed over identical letters seeking to withdraw support to Palanisami. He also met Panneerselvam loyalist and Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan who termed the meeting as a courtesy call.Leader of Opposition and DMK working president MK Stalin urged the Governor to immediately direct Palanisami to prove his majority in the Assembly since the delay could lead to horse trading. Stalin, who had earlier this week written to the governor seeking a floor test, dubbed the Palaniswamy regime as a “minority government”. He also questioned assembly Speaker P Dhanapal’s action in issuing notices to the 19 MLAs on Thursday on a memorandum by the Government Chief Whip seeking their disqualification for alleged anti-party activities.Saying that notices had been issued in connection with an episode that did not happen in the Assembly, Stalin said the governor should ensure that Palaniswamy does not continue in power by “creating a constitutional crisis and misusing anti-defection law”. Meanwhile, the Assembly’s privilege panel meets on August 28 to hear the privilege issue against Stalin and other DMK MLAs who brought gutkha to the House last month.BATTLE PLANSAs the support for Dinakaran growing, Palanisami has convened a meeting of MLAs, MPs and senior party office bearers on Monday to take stock of the MLAs revolt.
In the 233 member Assembly, Palanisami require 117 MLAs for a simple majority, but his support has come down to 113 MLAs.
Leader of Opposition and DMK working president MK Stalin urged the Governor to direct Palanisami to prove his majority

Dhinakaran removes Udhayakumar as secretary of party forum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sidelined AIADMK deputy general secretary T T V Dhinakaran today removed Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar as the secretary of a party forum named after late Jayalalithaa. He replaced Udhayakumar with MLA S Mariappan Kennedy, a loyalist. He also removed V V Rajan Chennappa, MLA, as party Madurai urban secretary, a statement said. Dhinakaran, nephew of V K Sasikala, also appointed some of his supporters to various party posts, two days after the merger of the two factions led by Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam, a former chief minister. Dhinakaran had dubbed the merger as a “betrayal” of party general secretary Sasikala. He had yesterday ‘sacked’ senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam from the the party. The move came a day after Vaithilingam, a Palaniswami loyalist, said steps would be taken for the removal of Sasikala from the AIADMK. MLAs loyal to Dhinakaran had told Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao they have lost confidence in Chief Minister EK Palaniswami. The MLAs are currently camping at a resort in neighbouring Puducherry. The main opposition DMK has demanded a floor test in view of the rebellion in the AIADMK.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dhinakaran’s effigy burnt in Puducherry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of workers from the unified AIADMK today burnt an effigy of sidelined party deputy general secretary Dhinakaran near the resort where MLAs loyal to him are staying. Led by former MLA Om Sakthi Segar, they also hurled slippers at Dhinakaran’s photo and shouted slogans against him and his aunt V K Sasikala. Addressing the workers, Segar said he was going to hand a petition to the district collector and SP asking them to instruct the MLAs to vacate the resort in the “larger interest of law and order”. He alleged that the Congress-led Puducherry government was trying to cause a split in the AIADMK by letting the MLAs stay in the resort here. MLAs of the Dhinakaran camp yesterday met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao in Chennai to state that they had lost confidence in Chief Minister K Palaniswami. Though the governor’s office confirmed the meeting, it did not mention the number of MLAs who met Rao. Some reports put the number at 19. “We are going to initiate efforts to bring in a new chief minister with the help of our supporting MLAs,” Dhinakaran supporter and Andipatti MLA Thanga Tamil Selvan said after the meeting. “We have informed the governor that we don’t have confidence in the chief minister,” Selvan said, a day after the merger of the two rival factions led by Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam, a former chief minister. After meeting the governor, the MLAs backing Dhinakaran went to the resort in the coastal village of Chinna Veerampattinam, about 20 km from here. “We have come here to take rest,” Selvan had said yesterday. He declined to disclose how long the legislators would stay here. There was no clarity on the number of MLAs staying at the resort.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘EPS lost our confidence by inducting OPS’: 19 MLAs in Dhinakaran camp withdraw support to CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the two factions of the ruling AIADMK merged, MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined party Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, and demanded a change of Chief Minister.MLAs supporting TTV submitted a letter to Governor saying that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) has lost their confidence by inducting OPS as deputy CM without consulting them.The MLAs also gave a separate letter to Governor withdrawing support to Chief Minister K Palaniswami government.”We have demanded a change of CM,” said MLA Thanga Thamilselvan. It was Panneerselvam (OPS) who split the party resulting freezing of the party symbol, he added.”Governor has assured as to consider our demand,” Thamilselvan said.Thanga Tamilselvan had also questioned why EPS was giving importance to Panneerselvam, “who has just nine MLAs” with him, whereas it was the 122 MLAs of the AIADMK Amma faction who had voted for the government in the February 18 trust vote.Rival AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam merged, ending a nearly seven-month feud in a power-sharing formula in the ruling party and the government in which the latter was made the deputy chief minister. ALSO READ AIADMK merger: Clown’s cap being foisted on the head of Tamil Nadu people, says Kamal HaasanAs the merger brought to an end weeks of suspense during which there was tough negotiations, the two factions said steps would be taken to expel party chief V K Sasikala.The merger facilitated the return of Panneerselvam to the government as Finance minister, isolating Deputy General Secretary T T V Dhinakaran, Sasikala’s nephew, and his camp.Calling each other ‘Annan'(elder brother), both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam described the merger as “historic”.

Pro-Dhinkaran MLAs meet TN Guv; seek CM’s ouster

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined party leader TTV Dhinakaran today met Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao here and sought the removal of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, saying he has lost their confidence. The move came a day after rivals factions led by Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam merged, ending a nearly seven-month feud in a power sharing formula in the ruling party and the government with the rebel leader being made the deputy chief minister. “We don’t have confidence in the chief minister. What is the need to give the deputy chief minister’s post to Panneerselvam who had levelled charges of corruption against this government earlier,” an MLA, who was part of the team that met the governor, said requesting anonymity. He said 122 AIADMK MLAs had supported Palaniswami at the behest of jailed party chief VK Sasikala during the February 18 trust vote while Panneerselvam had voted against the government. He said the chief minister should have held consultations with all the party MLAs before the merger of the two factions. “So we have briefed the governor and said that the chief minister should be removed,” the MLA added. The MLA lashed out at Panneerselvam, alleging that he had accepted the merger “only for posts” and asked if this was the deputy chief minister’s “dharma yudh” as claimed by him earlier. Raj Bhavan sources confirmed that the meeting took place between the MLAs and the governor, but did not divulge details, including about the number of the delegation. Yesterday, around 18 MLAs were reported to have attended a meeting held by Dhinakaran, the party’s deputy general secretary and nephew of party chief V K Sasikala, at his residence. One of the MLAs P Vetrivel had last night claimed that Dhinakaran enjoyed the support of 25 MLAs. Of the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly, the AIADMK has 134 MLAs excluding the Speaker. Late chief minister Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar constituency is still vacant. Opposition DMK has 89 seats followed by its allies Congress with eight and IUML one seat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Steps to be taken to remove Sasikala from AIADMK, says RS MP Vaithilingam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Steps will be taken to remove AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala by convening the general council meeting, senior party leader and Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam said on Monday. Vaithilingam, a leader of the Palaniswami camp, addressing the merger meet at the party headquarters here, said measures will be initiated soon to remove Sasikala. By making the announcement, the Palaniswami camp has conceded a key demand of the Panneerselvam faction for the merger that took place today. Vaithilingam, a former minister, was named party deputy coordinator just before he addressed the meet.Ahead of the merger, an AIADMK functionary Avadi Kumar told reporters that it was the general council which elected Sasikala and any subsequent action in respect of her expulsion can be taken only by it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today assured all possible support to the E K Palaniswami government of Tamil Nadu in which O Panneerselvam was inducted as Deputy Chief Minister following merger of two AIADMK factions. Soon after the swearing-in, Modi congratulated Panneerselvam and others who took oath. “I congratulate Thiru O Panneerselvam & others who took oath today. I hope Tamil Nadu scales newer heights of progress in the years to come,” the prime minister tweeted.”Centre assures all possible support to CM Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami & Dy CM Thiru O Panneerselvam for the growth of TN,” he added in another tweet. Panneerselvam, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu who headed rebel AIADMK faction before the merger, was administered the oath of office and secrecy in Chennai by Governor Vidyasagar Rao. He was interim chief minister twice when Jayalalithaa stepped down due to cases against her, and then chief minister following her death on December 5, 2016. His close aide K Pandiarajan was sworn-in as minister for Tamil official language and Tamil culture.

Palaniswami inducts OPS in Cabinet, swearing in at 4.30 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a post-merger reshuffle of his Cabinet, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today inducted O Panneerselvam as his Deputy. The CM also accommodated Panneerselvam aide K Pandiarajan in the Cabinet, while re-allocating portfolios among existing ministers following the formal merger of the two factions of AIADMK. A release from the Raj Bhavan said Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao has on the recommendation of the Chief Minister inducted Panneerselvam and Pandiarajan in the state Cabinet. The Governor has also accepted the recommendation of Palaniswami to designate O Panneerselvam as Deputy Chief Minister, it said. “The swearing-in of the Deputy Chief Minister and the new Minister (Pandiarajan) will be held today at 4.30 PM,” it said. Panneerselvam has been allotted Finance, a portfolio held by D Jayakumar, besides Housing, Rural Housing and Housing Development, Slum Clearance Board and Accommodation Control, Town Planning, Urban Development and CMDA hitherto held by Udumalai K Radhakrishnan. Jayakumar also holds the Fisheries portfolio and that remains with him. Pandiarajan has been given Tamil Official Language and Tamil culture, besides Archaelogy, hitherto held by Sevoor S Ramachandran and K A Sengottaiyan, respectively, the release said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

TN Guv, CM greet people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister K Palaniswami today extended their independence day greetings to the people of the state. “Let us salute our freedom fighters and the valiant soldiers for their courage, bravery and sacrifice for our nation’s freedom. The land we live in and the traditions we live by constitute the character of our country,” Rao said. In a Raj Bhavan statement, he called for promoting patriotic fervor and carrying forward “our rich culture and tradition, develop a national outlook and commitment to attain excellence in all spheres to make our nation a global leader.” Palaniswami recalled the sacrifices of many freedom fighters. He also recalled the AIADMK government’s various welfare measures for freedom fighters and their families, including hiking their pension. Besides, a number of memorials have been erected for freedom fighters in different parts of the state, he added. He urged one and all to transcend differences relating to religion and caste and work towards creating a strong India. TNCC president Su Thirunavukkarasar and BJP state president Tamilisai Sounderrajan also extended their independence day greetings.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha govt to probe delay in assessment of MU papers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government will initiate a probe into the delay in declaration of results of the examinations conducted by the Mumbai University (MU), state education minister Vinod Tawde said today. The ruling BJP’s ally Shiv Sena had on Monday sought the resignation of Tawde and Mumbai University vice chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh over the ‘mess’ in the university’s online assessment process, leading to delay in declaration of results. “It is obvious that we will inquire into the delay in the result process when a large number of students have been affected,” Tawde said in the state Legislative Council. He was responding to the demand by Shiv Sena members Anil Parab and Neelam Gorhe that the vice chancellor resign for delay in the checking of examination papers. Tawde said the government will inform Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, who is the chancellor of all universities in the state, about the views expressed by members of the House. “The correct way of taking action would be through the governor. Thus, we will inform the governor the views expressed by members of the Upper House,” the minister said. He also said that 5.29 lakh papers from arts, commerce, law and management faculties are yet to be checked. “As of now, about 70 per cent of the total papers have been checked and the remaining 30 per cent will be completed by July 31, the deadline set by the governor. The government is hiring more professors to complete the task within the time frame,” Tawde said. On Gorhe’s demand to waive off Rs 600 fees charged for re-assessment of papers after the results are out, he said it has not yet been decided. “We have also received a memorandum from Yuva Sena (Shiv Sena’s youth wing) and Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (BJP’s youth wing) in this regard,” Tawde said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Aaditya seeks outster of edu minister, Mumbai varsity VC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Firing a fresh salvo against the BJP-led Government in Maharashtra, bickering ally Shiv Sena today sought resignation of the state education minister Vinod Tawde and Mumbai University vice chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh over the ‘mess’ in the university’s online assessment process. Aditya, son of the party president Uddhav Thackeray and Yuva Sena chief, met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan here to press for action against Tawde,a senior BJP minister, and Deshmukh. “I urge you to take their resignation for their absolute failure to conduct the basic work of the Mumbai University, taking it to a pit that it has never gone down to before in its over 100 year old history,” Aaditya said in a letter submitted to the Governor. The Thackeray scion later tweeted: “We’ve protested against MU’s faults for the last 7 years and got it corrected. Never before was it so bad and chaotic as today.” “Are the Education Minister and the Vice Chancellor understanding the needs of the MU and education or must they resign?” he added. “MU is now without a Pro Vice Chancellor, Registrar and has an ad hoc controller of examinations and is in the middle of a mess,” he said. “With hurried assessment, what is the quality of assessment? The MU must waive off Rs 600 charged for revaluation,” Aaditya said. “With only a few lakh papers corrected by now, will all assessment meet the 31st (July) deadline? Will marksheets be given too?” he said. “An enquiry must happen into why was online assessment opted for? How was the tender process? Since it has failed so badly, is it a scam?” he said. “I raised the issue of the absolute mismanagement of the Mumbai University by the VC,” Aaditya said. The Yuva Sena leader’s demand for Tawde and Deshmukh’s resignation came even as MU announced four lecture-free days to expedite the online assessment process.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kovind will add to the prestige of President’s post: Maha BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President-elect Ram Nath Kovind will add to the prestige of India’s top constitutional post, Maharashtra BJP president Raosaheb Danve said here today. The news of Kovind’s election was greeted with bursting of fire crackers and beating of ‘dhol’ outside the state BJP office in south Mumbai. “Kovind will add to the prestige of the President’s post and serve the country admirably,” Danve said, participating in the celebrations. “Kovind has a clean image and is known for his simplicity,” the BJP leader said. Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao congratulated Kovind on his election and wished him a successful tenure “in the service of the people.” “In Kovind, the country has got someone who will represent the common man in the Rashtrapati Bhavan,” Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar said. Kovind, the NDA candidate, was today elected as India’s 14th president receiving an overwhelming majority of votes from the country’s lawmakers. Kovind defeated opposition’s Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, garnering more than 65 per cent of the votes in the electoral college, the returning officer for the poll announced today. The 71-year old, who will be the second Dalit to hold the top constitutional position, received 2,930 votes with a value of 7,02,044.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Guv unveils Tamil poet saint Avvaiyar’s statue at Raj Bhavan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao today unveiled a statue of Tamil poet, saint Avvaiyar, at the Raj Bhavan here in the presence of Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee. While Palaniswami unveiled the Aathichudi slate, Justice Banerjee initiated the ‘Akshrabhyasam’ (initiation to education) on it, a Raj Bhavan release said. Speaking at the inauguration, Rao expressed pleasure in unveiling the statue of Avvaiyar and hailed her as an “epitome of wisdom” and the “symbol of Tamil culture, who lived around two thousand years ago and propagated the fragrance of Tamil literature and preached morality and spirituality.” “The literary works of Avvaiyar namely Athichudi, Konraivendan, Nalvazhi are unparallelled. Avvaiyar’s mastery in creativity is revealed in her songs of munificence. Avvaiyar has left the stamp of her individuality. Her literary works are eternal and transcend the barriers of region, religion and language,” he said. Though simple, the poet’s works were filled with ethical ideals based on the lessons learnt by experience, he said, adding her poems were about hardships of life and the criteria of choosing a real friend. Pointing out that she emphasised on the importance of morality in many of her works, the Governor said “let us be righteous, develop moral qualities and humility to make our nation great.” He said she foresaw skill development 2,000 years ago as a basic requirement for economic development and engaging the manpower gainfully. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘National Skill Development Mission’ was also for channelising the abundant youth power and to develop skills in the youth of our nation to make India the skill capital of the world, Rao said. “It is really amazing what a farsighted vision Avvaiyar had for this 21st Century and beyond,” he added. He said he was “moved by the thought provoking” messages conveyed by Avvaiyar in just two or three words in Athichudi, and therefore thought that a statue of her should be erected in Raj Bhavan. Rao also praised the Tamil language, saying the richness found in Tamil epics, literature, drama and poetry has earned them a unique place in the global arena.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Governor asks MU VC to declare results by July 31

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of delayed results of various courses under the University of Mumbai, the Governor of Maharashtra, who is also the Chancellor of the University, CH Vidyasagar Rao directed Vice Chancellor of the University Dr Sanjay Deshmukh to declare all pending results by July 31 in a meeting held on Tuesday.The Governor asked the Vice Chancellor to submit a detailed report in accordance with the provisions of Section 89 of Maharashtra Public Universities Act, explaining the strategy and roadmap for declaration of results on time.Rao also directed the VC to set up a war room at the university, comprising of the VC and some key functionaries of the University, in order to monitor the progress regarding declaration of results in real-time along with one government representative monitoring the process.At the meeting, the Governor expressed concern over the fact that of 477 examinations conducted by the University of Mumbai, results of only 51 examinations had been declared so far. Even out of these 51 examinations, results of only 23 examinations were declared within 30 days while results of 18 examinations were declared within 45 days. All other results have been delayed beyond the statutory limit of 45 days.The University now has to submit a daily progress report to the government and to the Chancellor’s secretariat.As per university sources, evaluation work of less than 20 per cent of the 19 lakh answer sheets was complete until Monday. Several teachers continued to experience glitches while correcting the answer sheets. “The problems in the on-screen system still continue to exist despite several complaints from our side. Most officials seem clueless about our queries which is delaying the process even further,” said a senior faculty member from a college in the eastern suburbs.

Adarsh case: Guv can’t be impleaded personally as respondent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today asked Congress leader Ashok Chavan to respond to CBI’s contention that the Governor cannot be impleaded as a respondent to a petition filed by him, challenging the sanction accorded by the gubernatorial office to prosecute him in the Adarsh housing society scam. A division bench headed by Justice R V More was hearing a petition filed by the Congress MP against the decision of Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao granting sanction to the CBI to prosecute him in the scam. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for CBI, today told the court that the Governor cannot be impleaded personally as a party respondent in a petition. “The petitioner (Chavan) will have to delete the Governor’s name as respondent. The state government will have to be impleaded as respondent,” Singh said. The court then directed Chavan’s counsel Amit Desai to reply to this argument by CBI and posted the petition for further hearing on July 3. In February last year, Governor Rao had granted sanction to CBI to prosecute Chavan for offences under IPC sections 120 (b)(criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating and under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Chavan’s petition termed the Governor’s order as “arbitrary, illegal and unjust” and passed without “proper application of mind” and with “malafide intentions”. CBI had accused Chavan of approving additional floor space index for Adarsh society in return for two flats for his relatives. He was also charged with illegally approving, as the then Revenue Minister, allotment of 40 per cent of the flats to civilians in the high rise in posh Colaba. While the CBI named him as an accused in its FIR, in December 2013 the then Governor K Sankaranarayanan had refused permission to it to prosecute Chavan in the scam. However, in March 2015, the high court dismissed a plea made by Chavan, who is the sitting Lok Sabha MP from Nanded, seeking deletion of his name from the case, as the Governor had refused to grant sanction. Following this, the CBI re-approached the Governor seeking sanction, which was granted in February 2016.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DMK-led oppn meet Guv; seeks Palaniswami’s govt’s dismissal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Led by the DMK, the Tamil Nadu’s opposition parties met governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao today and sought dismissal of the AIADMK’s K Palaniswami government, alleging it won the February 18 trust vote by horse-trading. DMK working president M K Stalin also sought a CBI probe into the issue based on a ‘sting’ operation by a private TV channel, besides the Enforcement Directorate joining the investigation. “The trust vote was won (by the Palaniswami government) only due to horse-trading. So that voting should be cancelled and this government should be dismissed immediately,” Stalin, also the leader of opposition in the state assembly, told reporters here. These demands have been raised with the governor and he has “assured” us to look into the legal aspects of the matter, Stalin added. Stalin said he had earlier demanded secret ballot for the February 18 trust vote which was not heeded to. “This government is running on a trust vote won by horse-trading. This sting operation has proved that,” he said, referring to the O Panneerselvam camp member and Madurai (South) MLA S S Saravanan reportedly making claims in this regard. The legislator has, however, denied it was his voice in the TV video footage on alleged horse-trading though he had admitted that it was him in the video. “It is me in the video, but the voice is not mine,” Saravanan had said. The matter related to purported claims by Saravanan in the TV ‘sting’ operation about alleged pay-offs to ruling party MLAs ahead of the trust vote that was won by incumbent chief minister K Palaniswami. Stalin, accompanied by Congress Legislature Party Leader K R Ramasamy and Indian Union Muslim League MLA KAM Mohammed Abubakker, said the opposition parties will discuss the future course of action if the governor did not act on their demands.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Stalin meets TN Governor, requests to dissolve Palaniswamy Govt.

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) acting president M. K. Stalin on Saturday met Tamil Nadu Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao and asked him to dissolve the Edappadi K. Palaniswami-led government, which has been facing horse-trading allegations. Stalin said that he decided to meet the Governor after the assembly did not let him to submit the CD (compact disc) as a proof that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MLAs? support was bought by the Sasikala camp for the February trust vote. ?We have requested the Governor to order a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the matter. We have also asked him to dissolve this government and re-conduct fresh vote of confidence immediately,? Stalin said. Stalin said the Governor has assured to take immediate action. The Tamil Nadu Assembly has been witnessing pandemonium scenes over the alleged sting operation conducted by an English news channel. The video revealed that all the AIADMK MLAs were lured in by cash and gold by the rival Sasikala camp to support Palaniswamy in the February trust vote conducted in Tamil Nadu Assembly. Palanisamy won the trust vote held in the state assembly on the back of support offered by 122 AIADMK legislators. South Madurai MLA Saravanan, who had defected to the OPS faction, admitted on camera that Sasikala camp offered him money between Rs. 2 crore to 6 crore for his support to Chief Minister Palaniswamy(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC to hear Chavan’s plea before CBI proceeds against him in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today asked the CBI to inform a special court not to proceed against Congress MP Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh Housing Society scam case till the HC has heard his plea against the Maharashtra governor’s sanction to prosecute him. A division bench headed by Justice R V More was hearing a petition filed by Chavan, a former chief minister, challenging Governor C Vidyasagar Rao’s decision granting sanction to CBI to prosecute him in the case. In February last year, Rao had allowed the CBI to prosecute Chavan for offences under IPC sections 120 (b)(criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) and various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Chavan’s counsel Amit Desai today informed the bench that the special CBI court has posted the Adarsh case for hearing on June 21 and has said it would go ahead with the proceedings. “This despite the CBI giving an assurance to the Supreme Court (where Chavan has filed a petition challenging an order of the high court refusing to delete his name from the FIR) that it would not go ahead with the proceedings in the trial court,” Desai said. The HC then asked the CBI’s counsel Hiten Venegaonkar to inform the special CBI court. “Ask your CBI lawyer to tell the lower court not to proceed with the matter there. We will hear Chavan’s petition on June 21 and dispose it of with an order,” Justice More said. Chavan’s petition termed the governor’s order “arbitrary, illegal and unjust”, passed without “proper application of mind”, and with “malafide intentions”. Chavan has been accused of approving additional floor space index for Adarsh society in return for two flats for his relatives. He was also charged with illegally approving, as the then Revenue Minister, allotment of 40 per cent of the flats in the housing society, meant for serving and former servicemen and war widows, to civilians. While the CBI named him as an accused in the FIR, in December 2013, the then Governor K Sankaranarayanan had refused permission to prosecute Chavan in the scam. However, in March 2015, the high court dismissed a plea made by Chavan, who is the MP from Nanded, seeking deletion of his name from the case, as the governor had refused to grant sanction. Following this, the CBI approached the governor again with a fresh proposal for sanction, which was granted in February 2016.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IAS, IPS transfer racket: Borivli NGO in radar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai Crime Branch that is probing the racket of transfers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers in Maharashtra is now probing role of an NGO in Borivli. Police had arrested Ravindra Singh Yadav alias Sharma, Kishor Mali, Vishal Ombale and Vidyasagar Hirmukhe from a hotel in Mumbai on Thursday for allegedly trying to dupe Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Maharashtra, Namdeo Chavan by offering to facilitate a posting of his choice for a price.As per police, two cheques of Rs 10 crore each that were found in possession of Yadav were issued by an NGO.

Transfer scam: Police to search homes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai police will be conducting searches at the residences of four persons arrested on Thursday for allegedly trying to dupe a Maharashtra Police Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) by offering to facilitate a posting of his choice for a price. A probe revealed that the accused persons had contacted several other police officers with the same offer.Police said the accused Ravindrasingh Yadav, Kishor Mali, Vishal Ombale and Vidyasagar Hirmukhe had a fixed role. Hirmukhe and Mali would bring the prospective clients using their political and bureaucratic contacts, while Yadav would pose as a central government officer who has strong contacts in Center. Ombale would arrange the forged work.According to police, during the raid, they found several incriminating documents from the accused, including visiting cards of a few central government officials, stamp papers, and a government ID card of Yadav with the emblem of the Government of India. Yadav would give his visiting card mentioning him as a member of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). However, police suspect that all these documents/IDs are forged and police is in the process of verifying them.Police will be contacting those whose visiting cards have been found from Yadav to confirm whether they know him. They would also make inquiries with CBFC to verify if Yadav was a member of the board.Police would be sending teams to the residences of the accused in Pune, Solapur, Delhi and Mumbai to conduct searches. They have a few contacts of IAS and IPS officers in Solapur and other places in Maharashtra, who the accused had contacted with transfer offers. Police would be checking if they have also fallen prey to the scam.

TN Governor, Stalin condole Dasari Narayana Rao’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and DMK leader M K Stalin today condoled the death of former Union Minister and veteran Telugu filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao. The Governor described Rao as “one of the strongest pillars of the Telugu film industry” and a “complete film maker.” “Dasari was a brilliant director, producer, writer and screenplay writer. He knew the taste of the audience. He was among the few film makers, who made an equally impressive mark in Bollywood,” he said in a Raj Bhavan statement. As a Parliamentarian and as Minister, Rao had served the people of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh “with great dedication,” he said. “With his demise, curtains have fallen on an era in the Indian film industry,” he said and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family of the former Minister in the UPA regime. Stalin recalled Rao was a “good friend” of his father and DMK president M Karunanidhi. He had left his “stamp” in the fields of cinema, politics and media and his demise is a “major loss” to all of them, he said in a statement. Actor-turned-politician and DMDK founder Vijayakant described Rao as an “affable” person. His death was an “irreparable damage” to the cinema industry.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delegation led by SSS MP Raju Shetty meets Maha Guv

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 30 member delegation of Swabhimani Shetkari Saghtana (SSS) led by its chief and MP Raju Shetti today called on Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao here. Shetti, whose party is an ally of the NDA and part of the Maharashtra government, said he has submitted to the Governor a memorandum for waiving loans of farmers. The memorandum comprises signatures of 6.5 lakh farmers. Shetti also said he has opened the doors of a dialogue with Maharashtra government but nobody has expressed desire to talk and bring a solution to the issue. “We give one month’s time to the government to meet our demands of a loan waiver. If it doesn’t respond, our agitation will increase,” he said. “If the government doesn’t announce a loan waiver within a month, we will call a meeting of our party’s working committee and decide whether to remain part of the government,” he said. Shetti said he will hold a separate agitation against the Mumbai-Nagpur super expressway. The Lok Sabha member today culminated his ‘Atmaklesh Yatra’ (repentance march) at Raj Bhavan, which he had begun from Pune on May 22.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

TN Guv orders formation of committee to appoint Anna

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao today ordered formation of a new search committee for the appointment of the next vice chancellor to Anna University here. “The governor has ordered the constitution of a new search committee for recommending a panel of three names to him for appointing the next vice chancellor of Anna University following the decision to reject the panel submitted by the earlier committee,” a Raj Bhavan release said. “Former chief justice of India, R M Lodha has been nominated to the new search committee as the chancellor’s nominee,” it said. In another Raj Bhavan release, Rao appointed P Duraisamy and P P Chellathurai as the Vice Chancellors of state-run Madras and Madurai Kamaraj universities, respectively. Rao is also the chancellor of the state-run universities. The posts had been lying vacant for more than a year. Duraisamy and Chellathurai were appointed for a period of three years from the date of assuming office. The two received their appointment orders from Rao at the Raj Bhavan today, it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

TN chief secretary’s meeting with Governor raises eyebrows

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the demand for probe into the sand mining baron Sekhar Reddy’s diary entries that has names of ministers, officials and politicians who took money from him, a meeting between Tamil Nadu chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan and Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao has raised several eyebrows in the ruling AIADMK.Chief Secretary met Governor at Raj Bhavan on Thursday and had an hour-long discussion with him. Ms Girija who was holding additional charge of Vigilance portfolio was relieved from the post, and it was given to Home Secretary Niranjan Mardi, whohas a good rapport with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. The move is significant as it has come within days after the Income Tax department wrote to the chief secretary to order vigilance probe to ascertain cash transaction by ministers and officials with Sekhar Reddy.A senior AIADMK leader said, “It is a routine meeting. We need not read too much into it.” He also dismissed the reports of I-T department writing to the state government seeking a probe on ministers and officials as a false one.The I-T department had raided PWD contractor and former TTD board member, Sekhar Reddy and his associates in December and seized a total of Rs 131 crore in cash including Rs 34 crore worth new notes of Rs 2000, and 177 kg gold. Enforcement Directorate and CBI have registered cases separately against Sekhar Reddy and associates Srinivasulu and Prem Kumar. ED had attached all the Rs 34 crore worth new currency notes seized from him on Friday.According to I-T department officials, Shekar Reddy’s diary entry shows as many as 40 ministers, officials and politicians receiving over Rs 300 crore bribe from him. “He had collected signatures in his diary from all those people to whom he had given money. The entire dossier, with all evidence collected, had been handed over to the Tamil Nadu government for further action,” the I-T official said.State finance minister D Jayakumar dismissed the reports as false. While Law minister C Ve Shanmugham too dismissed the reports and sought to turn the heat on former CM O Panneerselvam. “Why the links between Sekhar Reddy and Panneerselvam should not be probed?” he asked.Leader of Opposition and DMK working president MK Stalin, in a letter to Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, demanded that the state vigilance commission get an independent vigilance commissioner. Stalin also requested the Governor to direct the chief secretary to appoint a DGP level officer as the director of vigilance and anti-corruption so that the ‘glorious features’ of the anti-corruption machinery in the state are restored in public interest.Stalin also took objection to ‘hurried change of guard’ in the State Vigilance Commission when many of the Ministers and certain Officers in the present AIADMK regime are facing serious allegations of massive corruption….& ANALYSISWhile many AIADMK leaders said there is not much to read into this meeting, their insistence upon this being a ‘routine meeting’ has raised eyebrows.
Some AIADMK leaders tried to turn this on former CM O Panneerselvam, but Opposition leader MK Stalin has focused on the need of an independent anti-vigilance commissioner.

Telangana CM instructs for state funeral of R. Vidyasagar Rao

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Expressing grief on the sad demise of irrigation expert and advisor to the Telangana Government R. Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday instructed Chief Secretary S.P. Singh to accord the former a state funeral. ?Vidyasagar Rao?s advice to the TRS party would remain a guiding force. His vast experience in the irrigation field had immensely helped the Telangana state after its formation in re-designing the irrigation projects,? K. Chandrashekhar Rao added. He further asserted that the way Vidyasagar Rao waged a battle over the cheating and injustice done to the Telangana region in water and in irrigation was unique and unparallel. Chief Minister Rao stated, ?During the Telangana statehood movement, the way Vidyasagar Rao collected the statistics on how injustice was being done to the region in the irrigation sector and created awareness among the people on the issue was unique and unparallel.? He further said that it was unfortunate that Vidyasagar Rao left “us midway when we were realising the dream of giving water to one crore acres in the State.” ?Rao was not only a good friend to me, but also an elder brother and member of my family,? the Chief Minister said and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Positive about SC ruling on triple talaq : Justice Ganguly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Supreme Court judge Asok Kumar Ganguly today said that he was positive about the outcome of the apex court’s ruling on constitutional validity of ‘triple talaq’, hearing of which will begin on May 11. “I think none is above the Supreme Court. The justice which will be delivered after hearing will be final. I am positive about the outcome,” Justice Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar on triple talaq. He had been asked about the Muslim Personal Law Board’s stand on the issue. “I have full confidence in the constitutional accountability of the Supreme Court,” he added. “I wonder for how long women would be considered as commodity in this society. I think the Muslim women don’t feel free under the present triple talaq system,” Justice Ganguly said. Justice Ganguly referred to the outcry when Rammohan Roy had spearheaded the ‘Satidaho Birodhi’ (anti-bride burning) movement and Iswarchandra Vidyasagar called for widow remarriage in Hindu society in the 19th century. The Supreme Court on March 30 had decided that a Constitution Bench would hear petitions challenging the constitutional validity of ‘triple talaq’, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy among Muslims from May 11. The Secretary of Progitisil Muslim Samaj, one of the organisations of the seminar, Robiul Islam said, “We, the Joint Movement Committee will undertake a concerted movement against triple talaq in Delhi in the run-up to the SC hearing. “Over 8000 signatures, mostly from Muslim women, against triple talaq have been collected to be taken to Delhi,” he said. “Tin Talaq can’t be supported. If there is talaq, let it come through the judicial process,” a woman member of the Reformist Muslim Society, another organiser, said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man who impersonated Maha Guv’s son booked for intimidation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man, who allegedly impersonated as the son of Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and “threatened” a government employee here to give up his claim on a plot of land in the city, has been booked for criminal intimidation, police said today. The victim, an Office Superintendent, yesterday lodged a complaint with Bowenpally Police Station stating he received a call, in which the caller introduced himself as Vivek, son of Maharashtra Governor and threatened him to mould himself and surrender the plot measuring 180 square yard to him and harassed him mentally. The prima facie evidence collected so far, established that the person who called the petitioner is one Sridhar Rao and he fraudulently used the name Vivek, son of Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, though there is no relation between the caller Sridhar Rao and Vivek, a release from Hyderabad Police said. A case was registered under IPC section 506 (criminal intimidation) and appropriate legal action will be initiated against Sridhar Rao who fraudulently claimed himself as the son of the Maharashtra Governor, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Madras HC rejects plea to appoint full-time TN governor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court has dismissed a petition seeking appointment of a full-time Governor for Tamil Nadu, holding that the Constitution provides for appointment of the same person as Governor of two states. The first bench, comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar, rejected the writ petition filed by journalist and social activist V Anbazhagan. The petition sought a court direction to the President and the Union Home Ministry to appoint a full-time Governor for Tamil Nadu by implementing the recommendations of the Sarkaria Commission. When the matter came up last week, the bench said, “Article 153 of the Constitution of India provides that there shall be a Governor for each state. The proviso makes it clear that nothing in that Article shall prevent the appointment of the same person as Governor for two or more states.” Noting that appointment of a Governor is in the realm of powers of the office of the President of India, the bench said, “In view of the proviso to Article 153 of the Constitution of India, the interference of the court is not warranted.” Earlier, the petitioner had submitted that Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao has been holding additional charge of Tamil Nadu for the past seven months and hence there was no “effective administration of the executive”. He also pointed out that as per Article 154 of the Constitution, the executive power of the state shall be vested with the Governor and it shall be exercised by him either directly or through the officers subordinate to him in accordance with the Constitution. Dismissing the petition, the bench further said, “In the writ petition or the documents appended thereto, there is not a whisper of how and in what manner the executive functions of the state of Tamil Nadu have been impaired by reason of appointment of CH Vidyasagar Rao, who is the Governor of the state of Maharashtra as well as the Governor of the state of Tamil Nadu. “Our interference is therefore not warranted in view of the Constitutional Provision of Article 153 read with the proviso thereto,” the bench said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IRS officer moves HC for probe into Jayalalithaa’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An IRS officer today moved the Madras High Court seeking formation of a panel headed by IAS officer U Sagayam to probe into the circumstances leading to the death of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. The petition filed by Assistant Commissioner (Customs) Balamurugan of the Central Excise and Service Tax Tribunal (CESTAT) came up for before the bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar. The bench tagged the officer’s plea with similar other petitions and posted the matter for further hearing on July 4. The petitioner submitted that Tamil Nadu Governor C H Vidyasagar Rao had visited Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospital here only 10 days after her admission, that too after the opposition parties raked up the issue of her hospitalisation. While Jayalalithaa was admitted on September 22 last year, Rao had visited the hospital only on October 2 and returned without actually meeting her, he submitted. He had handed over a fruit basket to someone else and returned, only to issue a press statement that she was recovering well, he alleged. The petitioner raised some more queries, including as to why Apollo hospital did not allow Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar to see her, why Jayalalithaa was not discharged after being cured of fever and why the hospital did not allow the former AIADMK supremo to go abroad for further treatment. When the matter came up, Government Pleader M K Subramanian argued that the charges were baseless. IAS officer Sagayam had earlier been appointed as Legal Commissioner by the high court to look into charges of illegal mining in Madurai district on a plea by ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fadnavis discusses investment opportunities with Aussie PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said he discussed investment opportunities in transport, communication and infrastructure sectors in the state with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “Maharashtra is honoured to host and welcome Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull,” Fadnavis tweeted. “We had a great meeting with PM of Australia Malcolm Turnbull in Mumbai as he called on Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, this morning,” he said. “We discussed and decided on ways to move ahead in collaboration with Australia in transport, communication, infrastructure sector in Maharashtra,” Fadnavis said. “Informed Hon PM Malcolm Turnbull about the investment opportunities like 200 km Mumbai Metro, coastal road, Nagpur- Mumbai Samruddhi Corridor,” Fadnavis tweeted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha Guv for observing Mahavir Jayanti as ‘Ahimsa Diwas’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao today said teachings of Bhagwan Mahavir can save the world from devastation and suggested his birth anniversary be observed as ‘Ahimsa Diwas’ at the global level. The Governor was speaking at a programme to mark the 2616th ‘Janm Kalyanak’ of Bhagwan Mahavir (Mahavir Jayanti) here. “The concept of ‘Ahimsa’ (non-violence) as propounded by Lord Mahavir had wider connotations,” Rao said. He asserted that ‘Ahimsa’ does not mean refraining from killing of any living being alone. “‘Ahimsa’ in totality means ‘Ahimsa’ in words, ‘Ahimsa’ in thought and ‘Ahimsa’ in action,” Rao said. Referring to the news of chemical weapons attack on civilians, including children in Syria, the Governor said, “Bhagwan Mahavir’s message of ‘Anekanta’ (multiplicity of viewpoints) and ‘Ahimsa’ could alone save the world from devastation and put it on the path of peace, progress and development.” He called for invoking the teachings of Mahavir to inculcate respect for women, to end vices like greed and corruption and reduce economic disparities.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Justice Indira Banerjee sworn-in as CJ of Madras HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Justice Indira Banerjee was sworn-in as the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court here today. Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office to Justice Banerjee at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan. Chief Minister K Palaniswami was also present during the swearing-in ceremony. Earlier, Banerjee (59) served as a judge in the Delhi High Court and her appointment came following the elevation of former Chief Justice of Madras High Court, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, to the Supreme Court in February. Justice Banerjee enrolled as an advocate in 1985 and practiced both in the original and appellate sides of Calcutta High Court in all branches of law except criminal. She was appointed permanent judge of Calcutta High Court in February 2002 and was transferred to Delhi High Court in August last.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

I pray that you are blessed with a healthy life: PM Modi greets VP Hamid Ansari on 80th birthday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted Vice President Hamid Ansari on his 80th birthday and wished him a long and healthy life.”Birthday greetings to our Vice President, Shri Hamid Ansari. I pray that he is blessed with a long and healthy life,” he tweeted.Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi also greeted Ansari. In her greetings, she prayed the Almighty to bless him with good health and long life for many more years of distinguished service to the nation. Additionally, Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao greeted Ansari. “Your statesmanship, diplomatic acumen have further strengthened our nation’s foreign relations. I wish you a long, happy and healthy life in your service to the nation,” the Governor said in his message to Ansari. Ansari was born on this day in 1937 in Kolkata.

Signature campaign to protest transfer of IAS officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Residents in adjoining Navi Mumbai have launched a signature campaign to protest the ‘arbitrary’ transfer of IAS officer Tukaram Mundhe, claiming he was removed as Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner as punishment for taking on the builders lobby. “We are part of the signature campaign to demand scrapping of Mundhe’s transfer. Navi Mumbai needs such honest and pro-people officers,” Gajanan Kale, Navi Mumbai chief of the Raj Thackeray-led MNS in Navi Mumbai said. “So far, we have received around 5000 signatures. Our target is to collect 50,000 signatures in Mundhe’s support and send them to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, seeking cancellation of the transfer order,” Kale told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

TN Guv,CM extend International Women’s day greetings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>: Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and various political leaders today extended their greetings on the eve of International Women’s day. “Globalisation and technological revolution has brought significant opportunities to women across the globe. Let us pledge to bridge the gender disparity, shed inequality, show respect to women, promote empowerment of women and girls to tap their full potential in changing work space,” Rao said in a Raj Bhavan release. “On the occasion of International Women’s day, I extend my heartiest greetings and best wishes to women and girls in India and across the world,” he said. Extending his greetings to women and girls, Palaniswami listed out various schemes launched by his government for the welfare of women in the state. AIADMK Deputy General Secretary, TTV Dinakaran, DMDK Chief Vijaykant, PMK Leader Anbumani Ramadoss also extended their greetings on the occasion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Budget session of Maharashtra Legislature begins today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Budget session of the Maharashtra Legislature begins in Mumbai on Monday and is expected to be a smooth sailing affair for the Devendra Fadnavis-led government after the BJP averted a face-off with sparring ally Shiv Sena over the Mumbai Mayor’s post.The BJP’s decision not to contest the elections for the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), where it won just two seats less than the Sena in the just-concluded Mumbai civic polls, is likely to ease strains in relations between the two saffron parties.With the BJP (82 seats) not fielding candidates for the March 8 mayoral poll, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party (84 seats) is set to bag the twin posts in the country’s richest civic body.The session will begin with Governor C Vidyasagar Rao’s address to the joint sitting of both the Houses at 11 AM.The Budget for fiscal 2017-18 will be presented on March 18. This would be the BJP-led government’s third budget presentation since it came to power in October 2014.The session will have 23 working days and conclude on April 7, State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat said.Discussion on the Governor’s address will take place on March 8 and 9, followed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ reply, he said.Supplementary demands will be taken up on March 15 and Vote on Account on March 22.Discussions on department-wise budgetary demands will begin from March 24. There will be a break for Gudi Padwa from March 26 to 28 and Ram Navmi from April 2 to 4.On March 21, the Legislature will discuss a motion to congratulate NCP President Sharad Pawar and PWP MLA Ganpatrao Deshmukh, who have completed 50 years in electoral politics.A delegation of Opposition leaders met Governor Vidyasagar Rao yesterday to submit a memorandum of demands including farm debt waiver.Shiv Sena MLC Anil Parab said his party would raise the issue of farm debt waiver during the session. “The Shiv Sena will continue to raise issues that concern the larger good of the people. We stand by our demand for debt waiver and we will keep raising it,” Parab said.

Stalin leaves for Delhi, to meet Prez over TN trust vote

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK working president MK Stalin today left for New Delhi to meet President Pranab Mukherjee to apprise him of the incidents that unfolded during the February 18 trust vote, won by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. Accompanied by senior leaders including Durai Murugan, Stalin left for Delhi to meet the President this evening. His scheduled meeting with the President comes days after he had urged Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to “nullify” the confidence vote, which was won by Palaniswami after forcible en-masse eviction of DMK legislators from the State Assembly on February 18. Palaniswami had won the trust vote by a huge margin of 122-11, on Saturday. To a query by reporters at the Airport here, Stalin claimed that his party’s state-wide hunger strike yesterday was “so successful that the AIADMK is claiming that we are trying to topple their government.” He also indicated that the ruling party may not fare well in the forthcoming local body elections.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DMK to move no-trust motion against Speaker

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, who had won a trust vote in the state Assembly on February 18, may have to win another vote in the Assembly to save his government with the DMK seeking to move a no-confidence motion against Speaker P Dhanapal.Upping the ante against the AIADMK government, leader of the Opposition and DMK Working President MK Stalin told reporters at the Fort St George on Tuesday that his party has given a letter to the Assembly Secretary for bringing a no-confidence motion against the Speaker. He said that a copy of the letter was submitted to the Speaker as well.“When the trust motion was moved in the Assembly on February 18, the Speaker acted with ulterior motives,” said Stalin, adding that as per the Assembly rules, the motion should be taken up within 15 days.The DMK, which has 88 MLAs, couldn’t vote in the trust vote after its members were evicted from the Assembly for staging a sit-in.Stalin had then rushed to meet Governor Vidyasagar Rao to complain against the Speaker and demand nullifying of the vote. The party has announced a statewide hunger strike on Wednesday to condemn the ‘illegal’ trust vote. He is also meeting President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday.Interestingly, Stalin’s counsel R Shanmugasundaram on Tuesday alleged in the Madras High Court that the Speaker and Assembly Secretary are attempting to tamper with the records of the February 18 House proceedings.The Bench will hear the case on Wednesday.Palaniswami, who won the trust vote by a margin of 122-11, has to keep his flock together to defeat the DMK’s no-confidence motion against the Speaker. AIADMK legislators who voted in favour of Palaniswami are facing the wrath of the local party cadre and the public and are provided with police security.

Guv Rao seeks report on TN Assembly incidents from Secy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao has sought a report from the Assembly Secretary on the unsavoury incidents witnessed in the House when Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami won a trust vote. Rao has sought “a factual report,” on the entire proceedings from the time the House assembled at 11 am on February 18 and till it was adjourned sine die at 3.27 pm, sources told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Palaniswami, DMK, Panneeerselvam meet Guv Rao separately

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, opposition DMK and the dissident camp in the AIADMK led by O Pannerselvam today had separate meetings with Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan here. The meetings come a day after the Palaniswami government won the vote of confidence by a margin of 122-11 in the Assembly. Palaniswami was accompanied by his cabinet colleagues including P Thangamani, S P Velumani, C Ve Shanmugam and D Jayakumar during his meeting with Rao which an official release described as a “courtesy call”. Palaniswami had a brief discussion with Rao, it said. DMK, whose MLAs were en masse evicted from the Assembly before the voting on the confidence motion, appealed to Rao to “nullify” the vote of confidence won by Sasikala loyalist Palaniswami, alleging it was adopted by contravening the Assembly rules. In a representation submitted to Rao, DMK working president M K Stalin, also the Leader of the Opposition, urged him to “nullify the entire proceedings” to “protect the spirit of democracy and the Constitution”. DMK Rajya Sabha members R S Bharathi, T K S Elangovan, and Tiruchi N Siva met Rao and submitted the representation. Later, O Panneerselvam also met Rao and requested him not to recognise the confidence motion adopted in the Assembly. Panneerselvam, along with some of his supporters including MLA S Semmalai, met the Governor for about 20 minutes. K Pandiarajan, a former minister and Panneerselvam loyalist, told reporters that they told Rao “the trust vote does not fit into the Constitutional scheme of things”. “Hence, we have urged the Governor that he should not recognise the trust vote (and its outcome),” he said, adding Rao has been requested “to fix another date for the motion of confidence”. Panneerselvam also apprised the Governor that he and Opposition parties had demanded secret ballot for voting on the trust motion so that legislators could “express their choice in a free manner”. Rao was also informed about the unsavoury incidents in the House yesterday. After having separate meetings with Palaniswami, DMK MPs, and Pannerselvam and his followers, Rao left for Mumbai.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DMK urges Guv to ‘nullify’ trust vote; To stage fast on Feb 22

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK today appealed to Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to “nullify” the vote of confidence won by Sasikala loyalist E K Palaniswami, alleging it was adopted by contravening the rules of the state Assembly. DMK, whose MLAs were en masse evicted from the state Assembly before the voting on the Confidence Motion yesterday, also announced a state-wide hunger strike on February 22, protesting what it called was “murder of democracy”. In a representation submitted to Rao, Stalin, also the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, urged him to “nullify the entire proceedings” to “protect the spirit of democracy and the Constitution”. DMK Rajya Sabha members R S Bharathi, T K S Elangovan, and Tiruchi N Siva submitted the representation. Recalling his demand for secret voting on the motion of confidence moved by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Speaker P Dhanapal’s rejection of it, he said, “Finding no other way to register our protest, we resorted to peaceful dharna inside the House.” He, however, said, “The Speaker ordered expulsion of all the members of the DMK without following the procedure.” “Assembly guards forcibly evicted us and many of us sustained injuries. Other opposition parties staged a walkout strongly protesting the action of Speaker,” he said. The DMK leader claimed that the Speaker “ignored the rule that if the House is adjourned after moving a motion, it lapses”. He said it was “a mockery of democracy and a severe blow to the Constitution”. He claimed that in 1988 “when voting on the Confidence Motion was held by the Speaker with only two factions of the ruling party present in the House (it was) later declared as invalid and void by the then Governor”. It appealed to the Governor to weigh the proceedings in the state Assembly, focusing on the Speaker’s declaration that the Confidence Motion moved by Palanisami was adopted in absence of members of all the opposition parties. It urged him to invoke his constitutional powers to nullify the proceedings to protect the spirit of democracy and Constitution. Stalin in a statement said his party would stage the hunger strike from 9 AM to 5 PM and condemned the adoption of trust vote after eviction of his party members. Alleging that the Motion of Confidence was adopted contravening the House rules, he called it a “murder of democracy”. Palaniswami won the trust vote by a 122-11 margin after the eviction of DMK members and and walkout by its allies, amid stormy scenes during which mikes were uprooted, chairs toppled and sheets of papers torn and hurled around. Immediately after the eviction of DMK, Stalin had met the Governor and urged him to postpone the trust vote.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Several opposition members stood up around Dhanapal and

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>surrounded his chair from all sides. Some of them were seen throwing away the table and microphone placed in front of the Speaker’s chair, leading to commotion and tumult. The chairs and table of Assembly Secretary A M P Jamaludeen in front of Dhanapal was also taken away and put up in a corner by some DMK members. Papers and books were thrown at random, across the Treasury benches from the opposition side. A member was seen removing a bell on the table of the Speaker. While ruling AIADMK members including the Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues sat through the unruly scenes silently, DMK members continued slogan shouting. Dhanapal repeatedly asked them if their action was fair and said it was not proper. However, nothing much could be heard in the din. At one point of time, DMK members came shoulder to shoulder with the Speaker and demanded that he adjourn the House immediately. Soon after the Speaker left, Chief Minister Palaniswami, and state Ministers including Dindigul C Srinivasan, K A Sengottaiyan, and P Thangamani also left. DMK and AIADMK members continued to stay put though Stalin and Duriamurugan moved out of the House after Palaniswami left. Hundreds of police personnel were deployed in the Assembly complex to prevent any untoward incident. Palaniswami, elected AIADMK Legislature Party leader after predecessor and party chief Sasikala was convicted by Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case, was sworn-in Chief Minister on February 14 by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao who asked him to prove his majority within 15 days. Earlier in the day, the rebel O Panneerselvam camp got a boost when Coimbatore North MLA Arun Kumar announced his decision to abstain from voting after yesterday’s decision by Natraj to vote against the government. With the decision of the two, the Palaniswami camp is left with 122 MLAs in the 234-member House with one vacancy. Ailing DMK supremo M Karunanidhi was not present in the House.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Edappadi K Palaniswami set to win trust vote in Tamil Nadu assembly?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hectic political activities marked the eve of the floor test for the Edappadi K Palaniswami government on Saturday, with the Sasikala camp issuing a whip to all the party MLAs to vote for the government while former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) sought secret ballot.Palaniswami government is likely to pass the trust vote in the assembly on Saturday if not for any last minute desertion from his camp. He along with 30 cabinet ministers were sworn-in by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday and was given 15 days time to prove his majority in the House. Panneerselvam got a boost on Friday morning when Mylapore MLA and former DGP R Natraj decided to support him. “I was not in favour of the trust vote, I have decided to back Panneerselvam and vote against the government considering the views expressed by my constituency,” he said.Natraj’s exit has brought down the number of MLAs supporting to Palaniswami camp to 123 MLAs in the House of 234. AIADMK has 134 MLAs in the Assembly. On Friday morning, a delegation of OPS camp including former minister K Pandiarajan, C Ponnaiyan and S Semmalai met the Speaker P Dhanapal demanding secret ballot to decide on the confidence motion. Though DMK and its ally IUML has decided to vote against the confidence motion, it’s another poll time ally Congress is ambivalent about its decision. After his party MLAs held a meeting, DMK working president MK Stalin announced that his party has decided to vote against the motion. The DMK has 89 MLAs. The IUML which has one MLA.

"Continuation of new TN CM after floor test a question mark"

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing doubts whether the newly sworn-in Edappadi K Palaniswami-led government in Tamil Nadu would continue after Saturday’s floor test, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan today said “only God knows its fate.” Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao after a detailed and deep calculation has taken a decision on government formation. However, the question still remained whether it will help end the political uncertainty prevailing in the state for the last four months, Radhakrishnan told reporters here. “Will Palaniswami-led government continue to remain in power till tomorrow (after the floor test)? Only God knows its fate,” Radhakrishnan said. Both AIADMK and the government should not be allowed to go into the hands of a single family, he said. He alleged that both the Dravidian parties, which ruled the state alernately, had pushed it backwards by indulging in corrupt practices. The present government will not be able to provide a stable and corruption-free administration as expected by the people, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Morning Must Reads: Palaniswami sworn in as TN CM; Samsung chief arrested; #INDvAUS; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Tamil Nadu gets its third CM in nine months; trust vote on SaturdayEnding the political uncertainty in Tamil Nadu that began with caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam revolting against All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary VK Sasikala, Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday sworn in a 31-member cabinet headed by 63-year-old Edappadi K Palaniswami. Read more here2. Samsung chief Jay Lee arrested in corruption investigationSamsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee was arrested on Friday, a South Korean court said, over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that led parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye. Read more here3. Travel ban: Will unveil new version of immigration order next week, says TrumpUS President Donald Trump said he will issue a new version next week of his executive order banning citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries and all refugees from travelling to the United States. Read more here4. #INDvAUS: An Indophile among the AustraliansVisiting captain Smith has played two Test series against India and each time his career has taken a right turn post it. The next few weeks will show whether that trend would continue. Read more here5. WHOA! Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan to team up for a film?Both superstars are open to the idea of doing a two-hero film, and that’s a start. Read more here

PM Modi congratulates newly appointed TN Chief Minister Palanisamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated newly appointed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisamy. ?Spoke to Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami & congratulated him on taking over as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu,? the Prime Minister tweeted. Palanisamy today took oath as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister along with 31 other AIADMK MLAs. Meanwhile, the AIADMK said that Palanisamy will seek the vote of confidence on February 18. ?Vote of Confidence to be taken on 18th.#TNAssembly,? the AIADMK tweeted. Tamil Nadu Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao earlier in the day appointed AIADMK legislature party leader Palanisamy as the Chief Minister. “Governor invites AIADMK’s legislature party leader Edappadi K.Palanisamy to form government,” the AIADMK tweeted. The Governor had earlier asked Palanisamy to seek vote of confidence in 15 days, the Raj Bhawan said in a statement. Palanisamy, along with Tamil Nadu ministers Jayakumar, K.A. Sengottaiyan, S. P. Velumani, T. T. Dinakaran and K. P. Anbazhagan met the Governor earlier in the day. The Governor heard competing pitches last night from within the ruling party of the state over who should be the Chief Minister. The Governor first met Palanisamy, who claimed to have the support of 125 legislators and then he met O. Panneerselvam, who claimed to have the support of 11 MLAs. On the basis of majority of MLAs the Governor appointed Palanisamy as the Chief Minister of the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sasikala loyalist Palaniswami sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Edappadi K Palaniswami, a V K Sasikala loyalist, was today sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, ending the 10-day political uncertainty in the state which began with caretaker CM O Panneerselvam’s revolt against the AIADMK general secretary. Palaniswami is the third person to occupy the top post in the last nine months. Governor C Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy to 63-year-old Palaniswami, a party veteran from western Tamil Nadu, at the head of a 31-member Cabinet at a ceremony in the Raj Bhavan this evening. The ministers were sworn-in in batches. Palaniswami is the third AIADMK leader to be sworn-in as Chief Minister in the last nine months. AIDMK supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had powered the party to a rare successive term in office in the state in the May, 2016 Assembly Polls. She continued in the post through her grim 74-day battle for life. Within hours of her death on December 5, Panneerselvam, who had filled in for Jayalalithaa twice in the past when she had to go to jail in corruption cases, was sworn-in as Chief Minister. Panneerselvam later stepped down, paving the way for Sasikala, who was already chosen AIADMK general secretary, to be elected its legislature party leader on February five. However, the usually reticent Man Friday of Jayalalithaa rose in rebellion against Sasikala two days later, claiming he was coerced into resigning. He even expressed willingness to become Chief Minister again if the people of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK workers so desired. His belligerence plunged the state into a political crisis. Amid the face off with Panneerselvam, Sasikala met Governor Rao on February 9 and staked claim to form the government. Notwithstanding criticism from several quarters, Rao preferred to wait and watch as the political tug-of-war played out between the rival AIADMK factions. He stood vindicated when Sasikala and two members of her family were convicted and their sentences restored by the Supreme Court in a disproportionate assets case on February 14, rendering her ineligible for contesting elections for 10 years and dashing her hopes of becoming the Chief Minister. Sasikala then handpicked her loyalist Palaniswami, who was elected AIADMK legislature party leader, and staked claim to form the government on Tuesday. Palaniswami was invited by the Governor today to form the government after he submitted a list of 124 MLAs supporting him last night. He has 15 days to prove his majority in the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Palaniswami likely to take oath as TN CM this evening

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The swearing-in of Edappadi K Palaniswami as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is expected this evening, party sources said. The event, tentatively scheduled at the Raj Bhavan, was expected to be brief and could be held at around 4 PM, they said. However, the official announcement to this effect is yet to be made. Palaniswami is reportedly discussing the composition of his cabinet and the confidence vote which he has to seek in the next 15 days, as mandated by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. Earlier in the day, the Governor had met Palaniswami — the third meeting between the two since February 14 when AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala was convicted by the Supreme Court in an assets case, dealing a body blow to her ambition of becoming Chief Minister. She was earlier elected AIADMK Legislature party leader on February 5, but a revolt by the O Panneerselvam threw a spanner in the works.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

"Dinakaran and Venkatesh are allowed to join the party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>after they expressed regret for their acts in person and through letter and requested that they be allowed to join the party (again),” Sasikala said in a statement here. Dinakaran and Venkatesh, besides Sasikala and her husband M Natarajan were expelled from AIADMK in 2011 by Jayalalithaa amidst reports they interfered with the functioning of the party and the government. Dinakaran was part of the 12-member AIADMK team led by Palaniswami which met Governor Vidyasagar Rao and staked claim to form government yesterday. Social Welfare Minister V Saroja, who belongs to Sasikala camp, defended the appointment of Dinakaran, calling him a “calm and humble man.” She recalled that Jayalalithaa had once appointed him as the secretary of a key party forum meant to interact with the workers. “He is not new to the party. He had moved closely with party workers. He is a calm and humble man,” she told reporters. Saroja said party MLAs will abide by the decision as Sasikala was the general secretary of the party.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Major blow to AIADMK, SC asks Sasikala to surrender immediately

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a major blow to All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), the Supreme Court has rejected party general secretary V.K. Sasikala’s plea for more time to surrender before a Bengaluru court. She may, however, seek two weeks time on health grounds. Following the apex court order, Sasikala stands disqualified to take over as the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The party leadership has appointed Edapadi K. Palanisamy as the new legislative leader, while caretaker chief minister O. Panneerselvam has been expelled from the party. Other expelled leaders include AIADMK lawmaker K. Pandiarajan, former Assembly speaker P.H. Pandian and his son P.H. Manoj Pandiyan, N. Vishvananthan and senior party leader C. Ponnaiyan, K.P. Munusamy, J.C.D. Prabhakar, former minister Parithi Elamvaluthi, Ex-MP E. Ponnusamy, V. Neelakandan, ex-MLA V. Neelankandan, ex- MLA Ko. Ayyappan, M. Muthuramalingam and S. Muthuselvi. In another development, the late AIADMK leader J. Jayalalithaa’s niece J. Deepa joined the O. Panneerselvam camp, even as TTV Dhinakaran, Sasikala’s nephew, was appointed as the Deputy General Secretary of the AIADMK. On Tuesday, both factions of the AIADMK met Governor Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan in Chennai to stake a claim to form the next government in Tamil Nadu.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sasikala reinducts 2 family members sacked by Jaya; Dinakaran

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala today reinducted her close relatives T T V Dinkaran and S Venkatesh into the party, five years after their expulsion by J Jayalalithaa. In a significant move a day after her conviction in a graft case, Sasikala announced that Dinakaran, her nephew and a former Rajya Sabha member, was being appointed as the party’s Deputy General Secretary and urged the cadres to extend their cooperation to him. The two were being reinducted following their “apology” issued to her in person and through letter, Sasikala said. “Dinakaran and Venkatesh are allowed to join the party after they expressed regret for their acts in person and through letter and requested that they be allowed to join the party (again),” she said in a statement here. Dinakaran and Venkatesh, besides Sasikala and her husband M Natarajan were expelled from AIADMK in 2011 by late chief minister Jayalalithaa amidst reports then that they interfered in party and government administration. Although she withdrew the “disciplinary action” against her close aide, after Sasikala expressed regret, Jayalalithaa had however said that the others’ expulsion would continue. Yesterday, Sasikala was convicted in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case, with the Supreme Court upholding a lower court verdict sentencing her to four years’ prison term along with two of her relatives. Dinakaran was part of the 12-member AIADMK team led by its newly elected Legislature party leader Edappadi K Palaniswami which met the state Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and staked claim to form government. Sasikala had yesterday sacked rebel leaders including Chief Minister O Panneerselvam from the party, but they have questioned her right to do so, contending that she does not have powers to appoint and remove anyone.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress pulls up Governor Rao for ‘inexplicable’ delay in forming TN Govt.

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hailing the Supreme Court’s verdict on AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala Natarajan in the disproportionate assets case, the Congress on Wednesday said that Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao should immediately form the government without any delay. ?I think the situation is very clear. Whosoever is able to show their strength, the Governor should invite to form the government without delay,? Congress leader K. C. Mittal told ANI. Expressing his bafflement over the delay shown by Rao in the entire development, Mittal added that now after the Supreme Court judgment, the scenario has changed. ?The Governor should immediately administer the oath of the office rather than delaying any further,? he stated. On Tuesday, AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala Natarajan suffered a major jolt after the Supreme Court upheld the trial court’s judgment convicting her in the 19-year-old disproportionate assets case against her. Former Tamil Nadu chief minister late J. Jayalalithaa, along with Sasikala and two others were involved in the case. The Bengaluru trial court had convicted Jayalalithaa on September 27, 2014 and ordered her four years of imprisonment along with Rs. 100 crore fines, with Rs. 10 crore fine on the other three. The conviction disqualified her as an MLA requiring her to step down as the chief minister. She, however, returned as the chief minister after Karnataka High Court on May 11, 2015 acquitted her and the others in the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sasikala turns emotional: My thoughts with party even from

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala, convicted in a disproportionate assets case by the Supreme Court, today said her thoughts will continue to remain with the party even from inside the jail. “Only I can be jailed, not the care or concern I have for this party. Wherever I will be, my thoughts will be here,” said an emotional Sasikala. She said she will be thinking about the party round the clock. She said the present case was “filed” by DMK and asked the partymen to strongly resist it. Sasikala also said she was happy in a way that Jayalalithaa was not alive to “face difficulties,” although she said she was not bothered to undergo such problems. In her address to party MLAs hours after her conviction, Sasikala also stressed the need for staying united and exuded confidence that Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao would invite her party to form the government. Earlier, newly elected AIADMK legislature party leader Edappadi K Palaniswami had met Rao and staked claim to form government. “For me, to form government, to set up Amma’s memorial, you should remain united,” she said. Sasikala, who later left the resort where party MLAs loyal to her were put up, said no force can wean away AIADMK from her.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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