The rally comes at a time when the two factions, led by Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, seem set to seal a merger deal by ousting Sasikala and her family from the party.
If TTV Dinakaran fails to get at least 10 MLAs on stage with him, it could well spell an end for Sasikala's political future and that of her family.
Dinakaran is planning a massive rally at Melur, near Madurai, on August 14, and the turnout is expected to reveal the real strength of Sasikala faction amid latest reports indicating that hardly 10 or 12 MLAs are loyal to Dinakaran now.
The CPI(M) headquarters in Kannur town, a two-storey, wooden-floored mansion, has no security guards or even a CCTV camera. You need a torch at night to find the mud path that leads to the RSS’s district office.
On Friday, the rival O Panneerselvam camp approached the Election Commission (EC), demanding that party general secretary V K Sasikala and her nephew and deputy general secretary T T V Dinakaran’s posts be declared invalid.
RSS pracharak 30-year-old Manu Mohan told The Indian Express how he slipped into an old dyeing unit in Mayyil, a CPI(M) “party village” in Kannur, to attend a Raksha Bandhan ceremony. Within an hour, he said, the venue was surrounded by CPI(M) workers who allegedly beat up some of the 50 men gathered there and forced Mohan to flee.
Challenging the decision by Sasikala to appoint her nephew Dinakaran to the post in February, hours before she was sent to a Bengaluru jail in a case of disproportionate assets, a resolution was signed by 27 office-bearers of the “EPS group”.
Tardy investigation by police and long delays in the trial process, an investigation by The Indian Express has found, is marked by a range of irregularities.
The issue came up two months ago, at the peak of summer, when the villagers learnt that Panneerselvam’s family was digging a third well in the property, which lies on the banks of Varattaru river in Lakshmipuram village.
TTV Dinakaran was named the deputy general secretary of the AIADMK by his aunt Sasikala, who is currently lodged in a Bengaluru prison after being convicted in the disproportionate assets case.
Records show that of the 96 political killings recorded here since January 1995, 42 were victims affiliated to the BJP-RSS and 40 were from the CPI(M). Kannur accounts for just over half of the political killings linked to the rivalry between CPI(M) and BJP-RSS in Kerala since 2006 — 41 of 80.
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The special cell will receive complaints from the couple and the crime prevention cell at the police commissionerate will directly look at the cases. Couples can alert the special police cell about their issues either by appearing in person or over the phone (No 0452- 2346302).
The first round of the tour will cover nine districts where he is expected to address rallies. The AIADMK (Amma) faction, controlled by him, has also made 44 new appointments in the party, including 18 organising secretaries.
The controversy over the film started last week. Bharathi said it was not the film, but her intervention in the cause of a group of conservancy workers that prompted the protest.
On Wednesday, Dinakaran met Sasikala at Parappana Agrahara central prison in Bengaluru, and later said that he enquired about her health and discussed party affairs with her.
Marwin is the fourth member of the group to be killed since it reached Nangarhar province in Afghanistan in June 2016. Nangarhar is an IS stronghold where the terror outfit is fighting Afghan-US forces and some Taliban groups.
Speaking to the media later, Vijayan said both sides decided to ensure peace and condemned the attacks on offices of parties, affiliated organisations, and houses of party workers.
The court was hearing a petition filed by K Veeramani, a candidate who failed the Teachers Recruitment Board’s written test for the post of ‘BT Assistant’. Veeramani claimed that he had missed recruitment to the post by one mark due to “wrong” evaluation for a question on Vande Mataram.
Tamil Nadu Cinema Theatre Owners’ Federation president Abirami Ramanathan said they had no choice but to go on strike. He said they did not know of the double taxation until 5 pm on Friday, hours before the GST came into effect.
Besides allegedly continuing to enjoy a firm control over the party, its assets and key offices, the Sasikala faction also runs key party organs such as Jaya TV and Namadhu MGR daily, among others.
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Speaker P Dhanapal disallowed a discussion on issue when opposition leader M K Stalin started reading out his statement on an income tax (I-T) department letter asking the government to take action against Vijayabaskar and police officers for their involvement in corruption.
The Tamil Nadu police chief's circular warned “disgruntled elements” may step up their slanderous activities. “Please closely watch those who had come to adverse notice in this regard in your units and take appropriate measures to avert any unpleasant development,’’ it said
However, the statement was not aired in the party’s mouthpiece Jaya TV, which is under the control of the Sasikala faction led by T T V Dinakaran. Out of the 50 AIADMK MPs in both houses, only three are supporting Dinakaran.
“We will ask the CM to withdraw statements issued by the minister against Sasikala and Dinakaran. If he refuses, we plan to boycott Assembly sessions,” said one senior legislator
Reacting to Stalin’s statement, state Finance Minister D Jayakumar, who is acting as spokesperson for the Palaniswami camp, maintained that there is no threat to the government’s stability.
In the Assembly, Narayanasamy insisted that Bedi has to work according to the advice of the council of ministers.
Dinakaran, who was released on bail from Delhi’s Tihar Jail on Thursday in a case of alleged bribery and reached Chennai on Saturday, visited Sasikala in Bengaluru jail Monday
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M Ramakrishnan, a farmer from Tirupur district who used to do business in both Pollachi and Puliampatti cattle markets in southern Tamil Nadu, asked where would cattle sellers go now.
According to police officials, the tusker came out of the reserve forest in the early hours of Friday and “accidentally” trampled to death 12-year-old Gayathri, who was sleeping outside her house.
They asked the administration to look at CCTV footage of the campus hospital. They alleged that Manish had also threatened another student, Justin Joseph.
Leading an agitation in Chennai against the new rules, Stalin alleged that the Modi regime is taking away the freedom of people and asked what is the point in claiming that India is independent.
An Infosys official said Arunachalam was naked when he was found. “He was not wearing clothes and two bedsheets covered him.” He said the 30-year-old was rushed to hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
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