Nitish Praises Karunanidhi, Predicts Stalin Will Form Next Govt.

A galaxy of opposition leaders have descended on Chennai to greet Karunanidhi on his 94th birthday. Nitish Kumar spoke at length on prohibition.
Nitish Praises Karunanidhi, Predicts Stalin Will Form Next Govt.

Chennai: As expected, a galaxy of leaders from non-BJP parties attended DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s birthday celebrations as he turned 94 on Saturday. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Omar Abdullah, D Raja, Sitaram Yechury and many prominent political leaders gathered in Chennai.

Speaking at a function organised to mark 60 years of Karunanidhi’s service as a legislator to Tamil Nadu Assembly, Nitish Kumar expressed confidence that DMK leader MK Stalin would form the next government in Tamil Nadu. Stressing on the poll promise of DMK, he suggested Stalin implement his father M Karunanidhi’s promises, particularly on liquor.

Saying that banning of liquor has reaped great benefits in Bihar including a plunge in cases of domestic violence and crime rate, he suggested Stalin be determined to implement it.

As Karunanidhi was ailing, the leaders called on him at his residence.  The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief did not attend the function due to health issues.

Recalling an interview by Karunanidhi, where the Dravidian leader had said that if prohibition was possible in Bihar, it could be replicated in Tamil Nadu, the Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish hailed Karuna for his steps towards ensuring social justice.

“Prohibition will benefit and strengthen the social justice movement. Prohibition is important,” he said.

Having successfully implemented prohibition in his state after the grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress won the 2015 Bihar polls, Kumar listed out several benefits of the move.

Referring to a galaxy of leaders seated on the dais, Nitish said that was a proof of Karunanidhi’s influence on national politics.

“We see that representatives have come from different parties and parts of the country and this shows the respect Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) commands in Indian politics,” he said.

Heaping praise on Karunanidhi, Nitish recalled his contribution towards the welfare of various sections of the population particularly OBCs and women.

He specifically praised the DMK chief’s role in implementing Mandal Commission recommendations on OBC reservation.

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Karunanidhi To Turn 94 On Saturday

The grand old man of Indian politics M Karunanidhi, who turns 95 on Saturday, will celebrate his birthday on a big scale amidst top opposition leaders of the country.

Chennai: Tamil Nadu former Chief Minister, DMK Supremo Karunanidhi will be recognised as the octogenarian political leader. He will turn 95 on June 3 and is considered as the eldest of all the prominent political leaders in the country. A grand birthday celebration has been planned for Saturday for which several top leaders from opposition parties are expected to fly down to Chennai.

As none of the chief ministers, Union ministers, Governors, Prime Ministers or Presidents of the major parties is of that age, he is recognised as the eldest in the contemporary politics.

Karunanadhi was one of the main pillars of Tamil Nadu politics since 1969. He has been the president of DMK for the past 48 years. Political sources are saying that it is a world record. A single person did not lead a political party for such a long time.

Karunanidhi is known as a journalist, fiction writer, poet, scriptwriter, actor, producer and educationist. His writings are sharp and catchy; they easily get into the hearts and minds of people. It is also said that during his early days in politics, he used to write the script for speeches of political leaders and when the leaders read them people get excited. Even Telugu leaders who were know for their oratory skills used to copy his phrases.

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RK Nagar By-Poll: All Major Parties To Contest

Chennai: RK Nagar by-poll which will take place on April 12 will witness fight between major political parties in Tamil Nadu.

RK Nagar, known as Jayalalithaa’s home constituency, is facing by-poll after her demise on 5 December 2016.

Deepa Jaya Kumar, Jayalalithaa’s niece, will test her political debut from this constituency by contesting on behalf of her party which was launched last month in the name MGR Amma Deepa Peravai Federation.

Former chairman of AIADMK steering committee Madhusudhanan will represent OPS camp in this election. It is a rebel group of AIDMK formed after the demise of Jayalalithaa.

DMK will announce its candidate tomorrow. Acting president of the party Stalin is having talks with left parties in Chennai later on Monday.

DMDK too will contest in this by-poll , testing party’s connect with the TN voters. Gokula Indira will contest from ruling AIDMK or from Sasikala Camp.

Meanwhile Jayakumar Deepa stated that she is receiving threat calls from Sasikala camp to withdraw from contest in the by-polls. Party was hijacked by Sasikala after Jayalalithaa’s death which should be investigated, Deepa felt. Late Jayalalithaa won twice from this constituency.

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TN: Trust Vote challenged in HC by DMK

CHENNAI: DMK moved to High court on the Trust Vote held in Assembly on Saturday, stating it is null and void. Former DMK Rajya Sabha Member Shanmugasundaram filed the petition on Monday First hour which is expected for hearing on Tuesday.

DMK is expecting a fresh order from Court under secret ballot system with OPS in a same plan getting ready to file petition in court later today. Stalin announced a state wide hunger strike protest from Feb 22nd after Speaker evicted 88  MLAs which is unprecedented according to DMK sources.

DMK claims that Trust Vote is illegal as it was introduced twice; Main intention of DMK seems to bring President Rule in State for few months and go for fresh elections, which was spoiled by Palaniswamy on Saturday in floor test.

Stalin tried to hold a protest at Marina beach with allegation that he was manhandled in Assembly by martial’s and was later arrested.

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Shameful Scenes In Tamil Nadu Assembly

  • Stalin, OPS Create Ruckus

Chennai: The floor test in Tamil Nadu Assembly has been floored by the MLAs belonging to the opposition DMK on Saturday morning with their unruly behaviour. They created mayhem and made it a black day for TN politics and Indian democracy.

E Palanisamy (EP) who was sworn in as chief minister by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao the other day had come forward to prove his majority on Saturday itself without waiting for 15 days granted to him.  He came to the Assembly along with his MLAs at 11 am and proposed a motion of confidence. But DMK leader Stalin and former Chief Minister Panneerselvam (OPS) demanded that the show of strength be postponed and a secret ballot is conducted. Speaker P Dhanpal rejected their demands and tried to proceed with voice vote. But the DMK members created ruckus by pushing the Speaker, tearing his shirt and intimidating him. The Speaker had to leave the House with the help of marshals. 

Earlier DMK members had broken chairs and threw books. Two of them, Selvam and Ranganathan sat in Speaker’s chair. The DMK members clashed with the marshals. The marshals tried to evict the rowdy MLAs from the House. They refused to leave the House in-spite of its being adjourned. Speaker had expelled the DMK MLAs.  Stalin sat on dharna.  Chief Minister EP had introduced a motion of confidence. There was disturbance once again. The House was adjourned for the second time to meet again at 3 pm. Stalin was forcibly sent out of the House.

Tamil Nadu Assembly has 234 members. J Jayalalithaa passed away and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi would not vote. The Speaker votes only when there is a tie. That means the effective strength is 231. If the Sasikala group has 116 MLAs EP would have his strength proved. The group’s claims to have 122 MLAs will be tested. OPS has 11 MLAs with him. If he can manage to attract 8 more MLAs and if all the DMK MLAs vote against the confidence motion to be moved by EP, then the government will falls. But two DMK MLAs were absent. CM E Palaniswamy visited secretariat before reaching the Assembly. His MLAs were brought to the Assembly in 30 cars from the resort Golden Gate where they were staying for eleven days.  OPS visited a temple before going to the Assembly.  DMK leader MK Stalin was the first to reach the Assembly.

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