Cheat Sheet

  • Uttarakhand, UP Election 2017: Voting Ends In Both States, 66% Turnout In UP Phase 2 - 10 Points
    The assembly elections closed in Uttarakhand today with the state witnessing 68 per cent polling - up from 66 per cent of 2012. Uttar Pradesh, which had the second of its seven-phase elections - recorded 66 per cent voting. Today's polling was considered crucial for the ruling Samajwadi Party, which holds 34 of the 67 constituencies that went to polls. The 11 districts are part of the state's Rohilkhand region, where Muslims form a significant part of the population. In Uttarakhand, the BJP is hoping to unseat the state's ruling Congress government, which is battling corruption charges.
  • Supreme Court Orders Jail for Sasikala: What Next
    AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala has been ordered to serve a four-year jail term in a 21-year-old disproportionate assets case by the Supreme Court, ending her wait for an invitation from Tamil Nadu's Raj Bhavan to take over as the chief minister. She will, instead, go to jail. The court did not rule on charges against former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who was accused of holding assets disproportionate to her known income in the early nineties, as she died in December. In its verdict, that could help chief minister O Panneerselvam retain his chair, the top court set aside the Karnataka High Court's 2015 judgment which gave Jayalalithaa and Sasikala a clean chit.
  • VK Sasikala Returns Home, Likely To Surrender In Bengaluru Today: 10 Points
    VK Sasikala, convicted by the Supreme Court of corruption and given a four-year jail term, is likely to surrender in Bengaluru on Wednesday, sources in her party, the AIADMK, have said. She came back to her Poes Garden residence late at night from Golden Bay, the five-star resort on the outskirts of Chennai where she was huddled with over a 100 party legislators since morning. At a late meeting of party legislators, her first public appearance since the top court verdict earlier today, Ms Sasikala broke down and said "no force can separate me from AIADMK, I'll think of the party wherever I am". The Supreme Court verdict means Ms Sasikala cannot hold public office or contest elections for 10 years, the period of her jail term plus six years after that, ending her bid to be the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
  • VK Sasikala, 2 Judges, And Their Verdict On Alleged Corruption: 10 Points
    The Supreme Court will at 10:30 this morning rule on whether VK Sasikala, AIADMK chief, is guilty of helping former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa amass illicit wealth worth over 60 crores in the 1990s. The verdict will decide the political career of Ms Sasikala, who has staked claim to be Tamil Nadu's next Chief Minister. If the court upholds a High Court verdict acquitting Ms Sasikala, there will no legal impediment in her taking oath as Chief Minister. If it convicts her, she will be sent to jail and cannot hold public office or contest elections for the period of her jail term and six years after that. Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghosh and Amitava Roy will give separate judgements - they could give concurring judgements or differing judgements. If there is a split verdict, the case will be referred to a three-judge bench which will hear it all over again. If that happens, Ms Sasikala can be sworn in as Chief Minister. After she takes oath, she will have to prove that she has majority support in the state assembly through a trust vote.
  • 10 Facts On The Corruption Case Against VK Sasikala
    The pending disproportionate assets case that poses a legal hurdle against VK Sasikala's taking over as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, dates back to 1996. J Jayalalithaa, Ms Sasikala and her two relatives, Ilavarasi and Sudhagaran, had been convicted in the case that alleged that the former Chief Minister owned assets far exceeding her known sources of income. After they were acquitted in 2015, an appeal was filed in the Supreme Court, the verdict of which is likely to be delivered today. Since Ms Jayalalithaa died in December, the court won't pass orders against her. Its verdict will involve Ms Sasikala and her relatives.
  • Ahead Of Supreme Court Ruling, Sasikala Sleepover At MLA Camp: 10 Facts
    Ahead of a Supreme Court verdict that will decide her political future, AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala has said she will spend the night at a five-star resort near Chennai where she has kept about 120 legislators sequestered for almost a week. Today the Supreme Court will rule whether Ms Sasikala is guilty of colluding with former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in the early 1990s to acquire an illicit fortune worth about 60 crores. If the judges confirm a High Court order acquitting her, there will be no legal hurdle in her taking oath as Chief Minister and she then has to prove in a trust vote that she has majority support in the state assembly. If the court convicts her, Ms Sasikala will be knocked out of the race for the Chief Minister's post; she cannot then hold public office or contest elections for six years. "I look at everything positively. We will continue this government," Ms Sasikala said. O Panneerselvam, who took charge of the state after J Jayalalithaa died in December and who says he must remain in the top post.
  • O Panneerselvam's Strategy Vs VK Sasikala As His Camp Grows: 10 Updates
    The ruling AIADMK's VK Sasikala and O Panneerselvam wished Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao a happy birthday on Monday morning. Five days after they both met Governor Rao to present claims to form government, he is yet to act. In that time, some more leaders of the party have joined Mr Panneerselvam - who now has 11 members of Parliament and seven legislators - in his camp and has asserted that he can prove he has majority support in the state assembly "if MLAs are set free and allowed to decide." The reference is to 127 legislators who have been sequestered since last Wednesday at a resort just outside Chennai by party chief Ms Sasikala, who hopes to replace Mr Panneerselvam as chief minister. Ms Sasikala has vehemently denied Mr Panneerselvam's allegation that they are being held "captive."
  • At War With VK Sasikala, O Panneerselvam Says 'Will Prove Strength': 10 Points
    O Panneerselvam, who has challenged VK Sasikala for the job of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, said on Sunday that he would prove his majority in the Assembly. This followed a fresh offensive by Ms Sasikala as she said her opponents were the same who had "betrayed" former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Mr Panneerselvam's challenge came as more support trickled in for him but over 100 AIADMK legislators, who are key to deciding the conflict, remained holed up at a luxury resort. Ms Sasikala denied the lawmakers had been held captive against their will and alleged that her opponents were spreading "rumours".
  • Governor 'Won't Be Intimidated' By VK Sasikala's Warning, Say Sources: 10 Facts
    Tamil Nadu Governor will not be intimidated by Ms Sasikala's reported intentions to undertake a hunger strike and her suggestions that a delay in her oath ceremony is directed at splitting the party, sources have said. The Governor, sources said, believes he has constitutional duty to provide a stable government. He has so far refrained from inviting her due to the assets case against her, in which a verdict is expected later this week. If convicted, Ms Sasikala will not be able to stand for elections for six years. More lawmakers and legislators, meanwhile, joined the O Panneerselvam camp. Last Sunday, Mr Panneerselvam had offered his resignation from the Chief Minister's post. While he was understood to have stepped aside for Ms Sasikala, he announced two days later that he had been forced to resign.
  • Delay In Swearing-In Intended To Split Party, Says VK Sasikala: 10 Facts
    The delay in her accession to the post of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was designed to "create a split" in the ruling AIADMK party, VK Sasikala alleged today, promising to escalate the week-long political crisis that has crippled the state with a "new kind of protest" from tomorrow. The sharp change in her tone came after a meeting with legislators of her party who have been rounded off to a luxury resort with minimal external contact for the last three days in an attempt to prevent them from being influenced by the rival faction led by O Panneerselvam. Mr Panneerselvam had offered his resignation to the Governor last Sunday, stepping aside for Ms Sasikala but only to renege on his decision two days later, saying it had been taken under "duress". The Governor, on his part, is yet to hint what happens next.
  • UP Election 2017: At 64 Per Cent, UP Betters Last Time's Turnout In First Phase
    Polling was held in 73 assembly constituencies in western Uttar Pradesh on Saturday in the first of seven phases of what is billed as a semi-final before the 2019 national election. A turnout of 64.2 per cent was recorded, 3 per cent better than that registered in 2012 state elections. The pressure is on the BJP which swept the region in the 2014 national election, but now faces a test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's notes ban, that resulted in a cash crunch seen to hit hardest the rural poor, who make up a big chunk of UP's voters. Opponents like Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party and partner Congress and Mayawati's BSP have spared no chance to attack the BJP on the impact of demonetisation. The BJP is also said to face some anger among the Jats of western UP who had voted en masse for it three years ago but now accuse the ruling party of not fulfilling promises it made then like reservation in government jobs for the community. UP has 403 seats and votes for all seven phases will be counted on March 11.
  • In Sasikala vs Panneerselvam, Rival DMK's Stalin Meets Governor: 10 Facts
    With the AIADMK split into two warring camps, MK Stalin of Tamil Nadu's main opposition party DMK met Governor C Vidyasagar Rao amid intense speculation that his party too could stake claim to form government in the state or back O Panneerselvam. Neither, said Mr Stalin, stating that he had met the governor to express concern that administration in the state has ground to halt amid the AIADMK power tussle. He said a stable government must be brought soon. There was no word from the Governor, who met AIADMK chief CR Sasikala and the man she hopes to replace, O Panneerselvam yesterday.
  • Patna Boat Tragedy: 'Lapses By Administration Caused 24 Deaths'
    A probe into the mid-January boat tragedy in Patna that killed 24 people including children has blamed the Saran district administration and Bihar Tourism Corporation for "grave lapses" in the way the kite festival was organized on occasion of Makar Sankranti. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had promised strict action against officials found to be acted negligently in the inquiry but it is unlikely that the opposition BJP will let Mr Kumar - who returned to power in 2015 for a second term on the plank of good governance - emerge unscathed either. The BJP is determined to turn the heat on Mr Kumar, who, BJP leader Sushil Modi has said, should take the responsibility for the administrative negligence for the boat capsize just as he took credit for their successes.
  • Sasikala Stakes Claim To Form Government In Meet With Governor: 10 Points
    AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala, accompanied by ten top ministers, met Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday evening and staked claim to be Tamil Nadu's next chief minister. Her party's O Panneerselvam also met the Governor, sometime before Ms Sasikala did and handed him a petition in which he has explained that he resigned as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister under duress earlier this week. Ms Sasikala has the support of most of the ruling party's legislators, but Mr Panneerselvam claims many of them are privately in touch with him and will support him if he is allowed to take a trust vote. The Governor has not indicated what his next step will be, but sources said Mr Rao told O Panneerselvam that he will "consult legal experts."
  • Governor To Arrive in Chennai Today, Will Meet VK Sasikala, Supporters: 10 Points
    Governor C Vidyasagar Rao is expected to arrive in Chennai at around 3.30 pm today and will immediately meet AIADMK chief VK Sasikala along with party legislators who want her to be sworn in as Tamil Nadu's next Chief Minister. On Wednesday, Ms Sasikala bundled 131 of her party's 134 legislators in buses and sequestered them in small groups in hotels and resorts across the state capital. O Panneerselvam, who has challenged her claim to the chief minister's post, has been publicly backed by very few party legislators, though he claims that many more are in touch with him despite their stated support to Ms Sasikala.

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