The ruling AIADMK Amma faction and the rebel AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma group have announced setting up of committees under to oversee merger talks. After discussing with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Local Administration Minister SP Velumani said a committee has been formed under Vaithilingam for the merger talks. A couple of hours later, the OPS camp, positively responded by… Continue reading "AIADMK: Both teams set up teams for merger talks"
Hours after AIADMK rebel leader and former chief minister O Panneerselvam favouring the merger between the two warring factions, Tamil Nadu ministers on Monday went into a huddle to discuss about a possible patch-up. Speaking to reporters late in the night, senior leader and Fisheries and Finance Minister D Jayakumar said that the Ministers discussed about the olive branch extended… Continue reading "It’s official: After late night meeting, ministers confirm patch-up in AIADMK"
The Election Commission (EC) froze the ‘two leaves’ poll symbol of the AIADMK late on Wednesday, a day before the last date of filing nomination for the by-election to the R K Nagar assembly seat in Tamil Nadu, which was necessitated by the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The EC gave both factions time till 10 am on… Continue reading "EC freezes AIADMK symbol, name; OPS ‘shocked’, Dinakaran ‘ready for fight’"
The Election Commission will decide on March 22 which faction of the AIADMK will get its poll symbol ‘Two Leaves’. The full bench of the Election Commission will hear the arguments of the factions headed by VK Sasikala and O Panneerselvam on March 22 at 10.30 am and pass orders ahead of the high-voltage bypoll in RK Nagar Assembly constituency.… Continue reading "Two Leaves: EC summons Sasikala, OPS teams on March 22"
A section of AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to party General Secretary V K Sasikala today dismissed media reports and allegations from the Panneerselvam camp that they were being “detained” at a resort near here, and asserted that they were “free”. Former AIADMK MLA B Valarmathi said that all the MLAs lodged in the resort have willingly switched off their mobile… Continue reading "AIADMK MLAs say they were not illegally detained"
The AIADMK government is said to be considering bringing an ordinance under a state law to circumvent the ban on Jallikattu. Chief minister O Panneerselvam, who met prime minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday, is yet to return TN. He is said to have extended his stay in Delhi to get legal opinion on his options as a… Continue reading "Govt mulls option to end Jallikattu deadlock, CM stays in Delhi"
The Supreme Court today dismissed pleas, including that of Rajya Sabha MP and expelled AIADMK leader Sasikala Pushpa, seeking a CBI probe or a judicial investigation by an apex court judge into the death of J Jayalalithaa. A Bench of Justices P.C. Ghose and Rohinton F. Nariman said, “What are we supposed to do here? You have filed a petition… Continue reading "SC dismisses plea for CBI probe into Jaya’s death"
An RTI query on a report sent by Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao to Home Minister Rajnath Singh has thrown light on the sequence of events that followed former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s cardiac arrest on December 4, 2016. A report sent by the Governor to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 7 December has been made public by the Ministry of Home… Continue reading "Governor’s report on Jaya’s death revealed"
AIADMK spokesperson and former minister C Ponnaiyan today said it is clear that ‘Chinnamma’ (V K Sasikala) will be the next General Secretary of the party. Speaking to reporters at the memorial of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, he said, “It is the desire of the entire party. Sasikala has functioned as the conscience of Amma.” However, the party spokesman… Continue reading "Sasikala will be next gen secy of AIADMK soon: Ponnaiyan"
It is now taken for granted that Sasikala is likely to be the AIADMK General Secretary, as senior leaders of the party, ministers and Members of Parliament have all publicly “requested Chinnamma to lead the party”. On Tuesday too, AIADMK MPs led by Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha M. Thambidurai and others met her at Poes Garden and expressed… Continue reading "Sasikala all set to become AIADMK chief"