TN govt will fall in 3 months: Dinakaran

ANALYSIS: A major setback for AIADMK & DMK

While 2,373 voters have voted for ‘none of the above’ (NOTA) option, BJP candidate K.Nagarajan has got 1,417 votes and Naam Tamizhar party’s Kalaikotudhayam got 3,860 votes. The R.K. Nagar constituency fell vacant after the death of its sitting member, late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016. The by-poll was held on December 21 and around 1.77 lakh voters exercised their democratic right. Ironically the defeat of AIADMK’s ‘Two Leaves’ symbol by Dinakaran’s “Pressure Cooker” came on the 30th death anniversary of party founder and late Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran.
AIADMK alleges secret pact between DMK and Dinakaran in by-poll

Dinakaran said though he was an Independent candidate, but AIADMK’s party cadres were with him. Barring Dinakaran and Madhusudhanan. the remaining 57 candidates forfeited their poll deposit failing to secure one-sixth of the total votes polled. Dinakaran is also the first Independent legislator since 2001 win of M.Appavu from Radhapuram constituency. The by-poll is considered an acid test for the ruling AIADMK, as it underwent a split and then a patch-up, with Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam going out of the party and then rejoining it. Dinakaran, who was the party’s Deputy General Secretary, and his jailed aunt V.K.Sasikala were sidelined forcing the former to contest as an Independent. Meanwhile leaders of several parties have termed Dinakaran’s victory as the victory of cash play. DMK leader M.K. Stalin, in a statement, said the party’s defeat in the bypoll is actually an Himalayan defeat for the Election Commission, claiming it or police did not do anything to ensure that the poll was held in a free and fair manner. He said the Election Commission remained silent when voters were bribed even when the polling was under progress. (IANS) // ]]>

Jaya's video ahead of bypoll stirs controversy

Mystery around #Jayalalithaa‘s death deepens.

— India Today (@IndiaToday) December 20, 2017 Reacting to the video clip showing Jayalalithaa in the hospital room after she was shifted from the intensive care unit (ICU), K.C. Palaniswamy told IANS: “It is for the Apollo Hospital to clarify whether such a room actually exists and whether the video clip is genuine.” Referring to Apollo Hospitals Group founder and Executive Chairman Prathap C. Reddy’s statement on Saturday that doctors were told not to reveal that Jayalalithaa’s condition was critical, Palaniswamy demanded to know who advised the doctors. Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital here on September 11, 2016 and died on December 5. The hospital had said she was admitted with fever and dehydration. Reddy said the doctors were advised not to announce that Jayalalithaa was in a critical stage as it would have become difficult to control mass emotions but he did not say who had advised the doctors. K.S. Gita, a friend of Jayalalithaa, told a television channel that the video seems to be fabricated. The Bharatiya Janata Party called the timing of the video release — a day before polling — improper. Earlier, Dinakaran had stated that he would release a video clip showing Jayalalithaa in the hospital at an appropriate time. Officials of Apollo Hospital were not available to comment on the video clip. Jayalalithaa’s death had caused rift in her party, with rival factions calling for a probe into the circumstances that led to the chief minister’s demise. According to authorities at Apollo Hospital , where she breathed her last, the AIADMK leader was severely ill and died due to cardiac arrest, following 75 days of hospitalization. As no one was allowed to visit, her in the hospital, it triggered a massive conspiracy theory about her treatment and death. Questions had been raised about the state in which she had been brought to the hospital by Sasikala. Many had suggested that Jayalalithaa was dead when she was brought to hospital and she had been kept in hospital for political motives. Dhinakaran had earlier said while he had video proof that Jayalalithaa had been alive. TV news channels and social media were aflutter with the released video clip on Wednesday afternoon and expressed varied theories attributing to unconfirmed sources over the death of late chief minister. (IANS) // ]]>

Income tax raids target Sasikala, her relatives

 Income Tax (IT) officials on Thursday raided 187 locations belonging to relatives of jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala, her nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran and organisations connected to them in several cities, said a senior IT official.

Ten groups of IT officials were involved in the “search exercise taking place across Tamil Nadu, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi and other places” which began at 6 a.m., the IT official, who did not want to be identified, told IANS. Among the places raided were the residence of M. Natarajan, Sasikala’s husband, in Thanjavur, Kodanad Tea Estate belonging to late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, Jazz Cinemas, Midas Distilleries, Sharada Paper and Boards, Senthil Group of Companies, Nilgiri Furniture in Coimbatore, Jaya TV and Namadhu MGR. The IT official said the search is in connection with unexplained routing of cash post-demonetisation through shell companies connected to Sasikala and Dinakaran, adding that the IT department will look at routing of funds within India and there are other agencies looking at routing of funds outside India. Jaya TV, a satellite channel, and Namadhu MGR, a Tamil daily, which is the mouthpiece of the AIADMK, are now under the management control of the Sasikala faction. Prior to the death of Jayalalithaa, both showcased the achievements of the AIADMK and its state. However, after the party broke into three factions — that of Chief Minister K. Palaniswami, of former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam (who later became Deputy Chief Minister after merging his faction with Palaniswami’s), and of Sasikala and Dinakaran, they highlighted only the Sasikala-Dinakaran faction. Panneerselvam, after becoming Deputy Chief Minister, demanded takeover of the two media by the ruling faction. In his response, Dinakaran dubbed the IT raids politically motivated and said he will not be frightened by such actions of the Central government. He asserted that even if “he is arrested and jailed for 20 years, he will come out and serve the state at 74 years of age”. Queried about the IT raids, DMK Working President M.K. Stalin said there are no answers to the questions raised on the action taken on the raids conducted by IT department at AIADMK leaders and other organisations earlier.  (IANS) // ]]>