Is BJP in charge of Tamil Nadu now? What the insiders think

Sasikala-TTV-DinakaranAs the merger talks continue and Sasikala Natarajan and family continue to be sidelined, the rumour mills in Tamil Nadu are abuzz with talk that the Bharatiya Janata Party is stirring this activity. Some within the AIADMK have blamed the BJP for the split and then the ouster of Sasikala and T T V Dinakaran from the party.

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One gored to death, other dies of cardiac arrest at jallikattu event

jalliTwo persons were killed at a jallikattu event in Sivaganga district, Tamil Nadu on Sunday. While one of them was gored to death, the other died of shock. A 32 year old engineering graduate who was a spectator was attacked by the bull. He died on the spot.

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Why are Sasikala’s visitors in jail coming down

sasi-jail1The numbers of visitors for Sasikala Natarajan in the Bengaluru jail has gone down considerably. Jail authorities have started to cut down the number of visitors and in the past week even sent back an MP and a minister from Tamil Nadu.

The Director General of Prisons, Sathyanarayana Rao said that the jail authorities had not flouted any norms in allowing the stipulated number of visitors to meet Sasikala in jail.

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After TN IT raids, 12 more AIADMK (Amma) leaders under scanner

aiadmkleadersFollowing the report submitted by the IT department in connection with the raids that it conducted in Tamil Nadu, 12 AIADMK (Amma) ministers and MLAs are likely to come under the scanner. The ruling party’s ministers and MLAs in Tamil Nadu are being watched by the IT department after last week’s raids, sources informed OneIndia.

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Rs 80 crore pumped in to bribe voters in R K Nagar, IT raids reveal

On Friday nearly 100 taxmen descended upon Tamil Nadu and conducted a raid at various places after allegations of over Rs 80 crore being spent on the R K Nagar by-polls were made. The raiding team said that there was specific input that huge chunks of black money was in circulation and this was meant to be paid to the voters of R K Nagar, the constituency held by former Tamil Nadu chief minister, J Jayalalithaa.
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Cauvery: SC rejects Karnataka’s review to release 6,000 cusecs water

cauvery_647_090516022314_090716050042The Supreme Court has rejected Karnataka’s review plea in the Cauvery waters case. Karnataka has sought a review of the SC order directing the state to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

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How Sasikala runs Tamil Nadu from jail

sasi-jail1AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan who was once upon a time the chief minister-in-waiting is currently in jail after being convicted of corruption in the famous disproportionate assets case.

The jail authorities say that most of her demands such as an attached bathroom, a cot and home-cooked food had been denied.

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No representation to preserve Jayalalithaa’s body, Centre tells court

No representation was made to preserve the body of former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa, the Centre stated in its reply before the Madras high court.

The Centre stated that there was no request to preserve the body of the late Tamil Nadu chief minister till a probe into the circumstances leading up to her death was over.

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In Tamil Nadu, NIA is looking for these Islamic State operatives

A team of the National Investigation Agency has been on the lookout for a key operative called Haja Fakkruddin, a Tamil Nadu-based Islamic State operative who has been off the radar since 2014.

In addition to this Haja who hails from Cuddalore, the NIA is also on the lookout for five others also from Tamil Nadu.

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If security is Sasikala’s concern, then a transfer to Tihar will keep her safe

sasijailIt has been a week since AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan was convicted and sent to the Bengaluru central prison after being convicted in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case. The media is going to town with stories on what she wears and what she eats and that she is desperately seeking a transfer to a jail in Tamil Nadu.

A prisoner swap programme is available and if both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu agree for a transfer. However, with a (Tamil Nadu) government in place that is so ‘friendly’ to her, the chances are remote.

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