Need 6X6 ft land for our leader, nothing else: DMK’s emotive pitch in HC

karuna4Chennai, Aug 8: The DMK won a battle against the Tamil Nadu government after the Madras High Court ruled that M Karunanidhi would be buried at Marina. At Marina, three former chief ministers, C N Annadurai, M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa have been laid to rest.

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Karunanidhi to be laid to rest at Marina rules Madras HC

Chennai, Aug 8: The Madras High Court has allowed the body of M Karunanidhi to be buried at the Marina Beach. After hearing arguments at length the court said that there is no impediment on burying the body at the Marina.

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Karunanidhi: Age did not wither his pithy prose

karuna1Chennai, Agu 8: A script writer par excellence, M Karunanidhi began penning scripts for plays as a 20-year-old, his works becoming a vehicle for propagating the principles of the Dravidian movement.

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Karunanidhi gifted his house for a hospital

20IN_KARUNANIDHI9_1304858fChennai, Aug 8: Departed DMK chief M Karunanidhi gifted his residence at upscale Gopalapuram here in 2010 for setting up a hospital for the poor.

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With his trademark glasses, Karunanidhi lies in state with his first child Murasoli

karunanidhiChennai, Aug 8: One of Tamil Nadu’s tallest leaders and five time chief minister, M Karunanidhi is no more. His body has been kept at state at the Rajaji Hall in Chennai for people to pay their last respects.

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Can I call you ‘appa’ at least once now: Stalin’s emotional letter for Karunanidhi

stalin-karunaChennai, Aug 8: Can I address you as Appa once at least now? This was part of an emotional letter written by M K Stalin, following the death of his father, Karunanidhi, who passed away on Tuesday.

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Politics of burial in TN: Is Marina burial only for sitting CMs?

Chennai, Aug 8: Unfortunate politics broke out following the death of DMK leader, M Karunanidhi. The DMK has been demanding a burial at the Marina Beach where stalwarts of the state of Tamil Nadu such as C N Annadurai, M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa were laid to rest.

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Is the health of Jayalalithaa an official secret?

img_0770Bengaluru, Oct 13: Is the health of the Tamil Nadu chief minister an official secret, the DMK asks. The DMK’s patriach, M Karunanidhi has several times questioned why no leader is being allowed to meet the Chief Minister in the hospital.
On Wednesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP’s national president Amit Shah had visited Apollo hospital. However, there is no clarity on whether they were allowed to meet the chief minister.

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Jaya, Karuna not the richest in TN

The AIADMK will go to the polls this year with 43 candidates who have pending criminal charges against them while their arch rival DMK has fielded 24 such candidates, according to a report by the National Election Watch.

The report has been prepared on the analysis of 679 candidates so far in the Tamil Nadu 2011 Assembly Elections. There are 125 candidates out of 679 analyzed, (i.e. about 18.4%) who have pending criminal cases against them as per their self sworn affidavits given to the Election Commission.

Out of these 125 candidates with pending criminal cases, 66 have declared pending serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion etc. on them.

All major parties analyzed have given tickets to candidates with criminal backgrounds. AIADMK has 43 out of 144 (30 %), DMK has 24 out of 111 (22 %), BJP has 19 out of 169 (11 %), PMK has 14 out of 27 (52 %), DMDK has 7 out of 36 (19 %), INC has 6 out of 54 (11 %), VCK has 3 out of 6 (50 %) and CPI(M) has candidates with pending criminal cases.

All major parties have also given tickets to candidates with serious pending criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, theft, dacoity etc. in the Tamil Nadu 2011 Assembly Election. Of the candidates analyzed, AIADMK has 27 , BJP has 10 , DMK has 9 , PMK has 6 , INC has 5 , DMDK has 2 , VCK has 2 , CPI(M) has 2 , PTP has 1 , BSP has 1 such candidate.

Top five candidates with pending criminal cases:

M Muruganandam (Nagapattinam )of the BJP has a total of ten cases ranging from attempt to murder and dacoity.

J Gurunathan of the PMK from the Jayankondam constituency has 9 cases ranging from voluntarily causing hurt and promoting enemity.

Raja of the DMK from the Anthiyur constituency has 4 pending cases ranging from theft to abduction.

P G Bose of the BJP fighting from the Didigul constituency has 4 pending cases which include attempt to murder.

R Elango of the BJP from the Peravurani constituency has 2 pending cases against him ranging from obscene acts and attempt to murder.

The richest:

When it comes to the richest candidates the AIADMK again leads the pack with 75 crorepati candidates while the DMK has 73.The Congress and the BJP come third and fourth with 33 and 25 candidates respectively. The DMDK and the PMK have 12 and 11 such candidates respectively.

c of the Indian National Congress is the richest candidate with 133 crore

S Duraiswamy of AIADM is worth Rs 64 crore

E Subaya of AIADMK is worth Rs 60 crore

Mohammad Sheikh Dawood of the IUML is worth Rs 53 crore

J Jayalalithaa of the AIADMK is worth Rs 51 crore

M Karunanidhi chief minister from DMK is worth Rs 44 crore

Karthe of PMK is worth Rs 33 crore

Vijaykant of DMDK is worth Rs 27 crore

c of DMK is worth Rs 27 crore

Doraiswamy R of AIADMK is worth Rs 27 crore.

The poorest:

Easter Rajan S of MGRSP has no assets. RR Jeyram ( DMDK), Marthanandan, Manidhan and Karupanannan ( all independents) have shown zero assets.

25% MLA’s have criminal records

As the country gears up to witness the assembly elections at four states and one Union Territory, it would be pertinent to note that 25% MLAs in the outgoing assemblies have pending criminal cases against them.

Out of the 140 candidates analysed from the Kerala legislative assembly, 69 have pending criminal cases while 18 have very serious charges against them. In the case of Tamil Nadu, 234 candidates have been analysed of which 77 have pending cases of which 25 have serious charges pending against them. At Puducherry 30 have been analysed of which 5 out of the 6 have serious charges pending against them. In West Bengal 30 have serious charges while 40 have criminal cases pending against them. The NEW has managed to scrutinize the records of 283 MLAs from this state. In the case of Assam, 126 candidates have been analysed of which 5 have serious charges and 7 criminal charges pending against them.

The overall figure for these states and one union territory is- out of the 813 candidates analysed 204 have pending charges against them while 83 have serious charges.

M Vijay Kumar of the CPI(M) from Kerala tops the list with 13 cases while K U Narayan Chaudhary of the Indian National Congress in West Bengal comes in second with 12 cases. Ranganatha N B of the DMK is third with nine cases against him.

NEW has also found that about 50% of the MLAs analysed (403 MLAs out of 813) did not declare their PAN card details in their previous affidavits. The current format of the affidavit, where candidates have to declare date and other details of their last income tax filed, will make it easy to catch tax deafulters.

The report also states that despite public statements by the presidents of various political parties that they are strongly in favour of increasing the representation of women in the assemblies, the number of women MLAs is very low. It is barely 9.5% (i.e. 77) across these assemblies. In fact, Puducherry has no women MLAs and Kerala has only 7% women MLAs.

In terms of crorepati MLAs c has the lead with 57. Assam comes in at two with 16 while Puducherry and Kerala have nine and 8 respectively. West Bengal has the least number of these MLAs at 7 according to the report.

The richest MLA in the list is Vasanth Kumar of the Indian National Congress from Tamil Nadu whi is worth around 36.13 crore while Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi is second with Rs 26.5 crore.