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  • We Are Coming Back In Power, Say Top Sources In Stalin's DMK
    Main opposition DMK senses its best chance to make a comeback in Tamil Nadu, with top sources in the party saying they are confident the E Palaniswami government will not last long. Passing the Budget will be a tough task for the new AIADMK chief minister, they said, alleging that his hold over legislators of his party remains tenuous despite having won a trust vote last weekend.
  • DMK To Move No-Confidence Motion Against Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker
    DMK on Monday said it would soon move a no-confidence motion against Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal, accusing him of "deliberately harping on his community to malign" the party. DMK working president and leader of opposition in the Assembly MK Stalin announced this at a press conference in Chennai, indicating a possible trial of strength for the AIADMK government, which only on Saturday won the Trust Vote by 122-11 margin.
  • Report On Tamil Nadu Floor Test Violence Submitted To Governor
    Tamil Nadu Assembly Secretary AMP Jamaludeen on Monday submitted a report to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on the chaos and violence that broke out in the House during the Chief Minister K Palaniswami's floor test on Saturday. The report was submitted at the Governor's office, official sources said.
  • AIADMK's TTV Dinakaran Meets VK Sasikala In Prison
    AIADMK Deputy General Secretary T T V Dinakaran today met his aunt and party chief V K Sasikala at the central prison in Bengaluru, where she is serving her term in the disproportionate assets case. This was his first meeting with Ms Sasikala after her loyalist E K Palaniswami won the vote of confidence in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on February 18.
  • 3-Year-Old Found Dead Near Chennai, Mouth Stuffed With Cloth
    A three-year-old girl was found dead near Chennai on Sunday, her mouth stuffed with cloth rags, a day after she went missing while playing near her home in a colony for the tsunami-affected. Her body was found in a dump yard.
  • Case Against DMK's MK Stalin Who Stole The Show In Tamil Nadu Trust Vote Chaos
    Chennai Police has filed a case against DMK's MK Stalin for protesting without permission at Marina Beach. He took centre-stage in violent protests in the assembly on Saturday against a trust vote that Chief Minister E Palaniswami eventually won.
  • Former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam Camp Demands Secret Ballot To Decide On Confidence Motion
    Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam's camp has demanded secret ballot on Saturday when the motion of confidence is moved in the assembly.
  • Sasikala Had A Rough Night, Says Party, Was Refused All Requests In Jail
    VK Sasikala, prisoner number 9234 at Bengaluru's Central jail, had a hard time last night, said a leader of her party, the AIADMK. Denied the privilege of home food and other facilities, she had refused dinner on Wednesday night and slept on the floor. She could not sleep and was restless, the leader said. The jail had served her two rotis, one ragi ball, 200 gm rice and 150 gm sambar (lentil) like all other inmates. The 61-year-old, whose run for the Chief Minister's post had been brought to a stop by the guilty verdict of the Supreme Court, began a four-year prison term yesterday after being convicted in a corruption case.
  • Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden Home Was Hub Of Conspiracy, Says Supreme Court
    The home of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in Chennai's posh Poes Garden was the hub of the conspiracy in which assets worth over 60 crores were amassed, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday. In its verdict, the court convicted VK Sasikala, Jayalalithaa's long-time live-in aide, and sentenced her to a four-year jail term.
  • At Resort 'Hideout', Sasikala Sets Up Camp, MLA Escaped In Bermuda Shorts
    The luxury resort near Chennai that offers water-skiing and massages among its many attractions, is off-limits for the sixth day as VK Sasikala made it her base while running the ruling AIADMK. This evening, large gatherings were banned near the Golden Bay resort as chaos erupted not long after Ms Sasikala was convicted of corruption by the Supreme Court and ordered to serve jail time.
  • E Palanisamy As Chief Minister No 3 In 2 Months? Meets Governor
    Hours after VK Sasikala's run for Chief Minister was brought to a skidding halt by the Supreme Court, which found her guilty of corruption, she has moved at breakneck speed to ensure she remains the show-runner of the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. Ms Sasikala was sentenced this morning to four years in prison - it's uncertain when she has to head to jail - and barred from contesting an election for 10 years. With an assertiveness that belies her political inexperience, she ensured that a loyalist, minister E Palanisamy, was elected the party's new leader, who met Governor C Vidyasagar Rao. Mr Palanisamy, a minister, will ask for the right to take a trust vote - if he wins, he will become Tamil Nadu's third Chief Minister in two months.
  • 2 Months After Jayalalithaa's Death, Court's Sharp Words On 'Accused No.1'
    Nearly two months after the death of J Jayalalithaa, a Supreme Court judgement has used sharp words while indicting the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for corruption. Even though the case against her stands abated after her death, the court made searing observations on Jayalalithaa - Accused No 1 in the case.
  • VK Sasikala Gets 4-Year Jail Term For Corruption, Can't Be Chief Minister
    VK Sasikala has been found guilty of corruption by the Supreme Court and will have to surrender to the police in Chennai so that she can be jailed for four years. This ends her high-decibel and divisive bid to be Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu - she is now barred from contesting an election for the next ten years. At 10:30 am on Tuesday, two judges of the Supreme Court delivered their ruling separately, but agreed that Ms Sasikala had, in the early 90s, accumulated an illicit fortune. The case was originally pivoted on J Jayalalithaa, the four-term Chief Minister who Ms Sasikala lived with, but because she died in December, the judgement does not detail her role. However, the finding rips a huge hole through the legacy of Ms Jayalalithaa, beloved Amma to lakhs of supporters who accorded her deity-like status and treated her with religious fervor. The case was premised on the fact that during her first term, Ms Jayalalithaa misused her office to accrue 60 cores of assets in a shared fortune with Ms Sasikala and her male relatives, who were later disowned by Amma.
  • 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.
  • Night Before Sasikala Verdict, Lawmaker Escapes From Beach Resort
    On a day when Tamil Nadu Police submitted a report to the Madras High Court stating that the legislators supporting AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala are not being held captive at a beach resort near here, one of the lawmakers on Monday made a dramatic escape from the spot.

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