Arun Janardhanan


DA case: Sasikala camp goes into huddle, nominating new CM candidate is ‘Plan B’
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

“Justice will prevail,” was the first reaction of Sasikala after the verdict.

Tamil Nadu crisis: Because I am a woman, they are targeting me like this, says Sasikala
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

On her way to the Golden Bay Resorts in Kuvathur, where her party MLAs have been camping for the last four days, Sasikala spoke to a few reporters, including The Indian Express.

Tamil Nadu crisis: O Panneerselvam trying to split party, says Sasikala
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Sasikala said that everyone, including Panneerselvam, had asked her to take over as Chief Minister on the night J Jayalalithaa died.

Tamil Nadu crisis: Six more MPs join O Panneerselvam camp, Sasikala puts up brave front
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Amid continued uncertainty over Sasikala’s swearing-in as the next CM, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao met Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan from the OPS camp.

Five more MLAs gone, Sasikala warns: ‘Can’t wait on’
Sun, Feb 12, 2017

Sasikala sent another letter to Raj Bhavan, seeking an appointment for her and her MLAs so that she could parade them before the Governor in a show of strength.

Sasikala vs O Panneerselvam: Raj Bhavan keeps both waiting
Sat, Feb 11, 2017

The Raj Bhavan clarification by the Principal Secretary to Governor came after the draft of a purported report by Rao was out on social media and flashed by some TV channels.

Tamil Nadu crisis: O Panneerselvam claims legislators taken hostage, Madras HC calls it ‘serious’; two MLAs say relaxing at resort
Sat, Feb 11, 2017

The two AIADMK MLAs, who spoke with The Indian Express on conditions of anonymity, said they have no idea how long they have to stay at the guesthouse.

Sasikala stakes claim, OPS hopes for ‘good things’, all eyes on Raj Bhavan
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Uncertainty continued because the Governor did not say what he intends to do — there were indications though that he would send a report to Delhi and could even seek legal opinion.

Suspecting police tilt towards Sasikala camp, O Panneerselvam meets DGP, Chief Secy
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

According to sources privy to the meeting, Panneerselvam complained that it was the indifference of Chennai City Commissioner S George that allegedly helped the Sasikala camp shift MLAs to the resort.

Let’s wait and watch. I request my MLAs to consider people’s wish, says Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

As Amma had told us, I request all party MLAs to consider the spirit and wish of people in their respective constituencies.

Sasikala hits back at O Panneerselvam, locks MLAs for Governor
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

Will probe Jaya death, I have people’s backing, claims Panneerselvam.

In Chennai twilight zone, all eyes on Governor and who is with who
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

Panneerselvam camp was confident of backing from a majority of AIADMK’s 134 MLAs while Members of V K Sasikala camp were silent, as they scrambled to rescue the party from an imminent split.

Quiet Panneerselvam stands up to say no to Sasikala, threatens her takeover plan
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

Panneerselvam said he was not informed in advance about the legislature party meeting held on Sunday and the decision to elect Sasikala as the leader was communicated to him at the last moment.

Jayalalithaa’s death unnatural, she feared poisoning: AIADMK leader seeks probe into death
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

Recalling the day when Jayalalithaa died, Pandian alleged that he saw no remorse among Sasikala’s family.

Government brings UK doctor who treated Jayalalithaa to clear air on treatment
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

The doctors tried dispelling doubts about the suspicious injuries, rumoured amputations, organ transplant. They said that there was neither any organ transplant nor any amputation done on her.

Sasikala swearing-in depends on travel plans of Governor Vidyasagar Rao
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

However, SC’s remark on Monday that the final verdict in the disproportionate asset case may be expected this week sent shock waves in the AIADMK camp.

Elected as AIADMK legislature party leader, Sasikala to be Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
Mon, Feb 06, 2017

Panneerselvam steps down in change of guard in Chennai.

Jayalalithaa’s three close aides removed from Tamil Nadu CM Panneerselvam’s office
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

Further strengthening the reports of Sasikala emerging as the Tamil Nadu CM, AIADMK has called the meeting of its MLAs on February 5.

Chennai oil spill: Centre slaps notice on port, wants action to contain impact
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

The nearly week-long crisis, triggered by oil spill resulting from the collision of two ships off the Kamarajar harbour on Saturday, is threatening to become a major ecological disaster.

Chennai oil spill: Govt probes two day delay in securing damaged vessel
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

The DG Shipping team in Chennai — which is short-staffed and ill-equipped — is yet to issue an official statement on the reasons for the oil spill.

Severe drought: Tamil Nadu farmers demand government to hike compensation
Wed, Feb 01, 2017

The delegation also demanded the state government to immediately start the desalting works on water bodies, for which the government had allocated Rs 3,400 crore.

Oil spill near Chennai after two ships collide
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

In the absence of equipment to handle the situation, more than 300 people, including Coast Guard personnel and local fishermen, were engaged in removing the oil slick with buckets from the shorelines on Tuesday.

Restrictions on marina beach: Pro-Jallikattu protesters vow to return with new issues
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

A key member of the core team of Marina protesters said on Sunday that those thinking that the protesters had gathered for six days for Jallikattu only are clearly mistaken.

Event listed on Facebook triggers restrictions in Chennai
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

The Facebook event titled ‘Discussion meet: New Youth party for Tamil Nadu,’ was cancelled on Friday on the page with an apology.

Tamil Nadu merchants urged to boycott Coke, Pepsi from March 1
Thu, Jan 26, 2017

K Chandru, a retired Madras High Court judge who was an activist in the 1970s and ‘80s, pointed out that the most recent example of a ban — “on Maggi noodles by the government” — was successfully challenged in court.

Jallikattu Protests: Police excesses, arrests continue; DMK demands removal of City Police Commissioner
Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Unlike many such police excesses in the past, what made it different this time was the anecdotes from residents from many colonies who said that it was the women police personnel who led the attack and violence.

Tamil Nadu protests a rallying point for many issues
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Satheesh Kumar, chef at a five-star hotel in Chennai who slept on Marina beach for six nights, said that beyond Jallikattu, the “larger mistrust of rulers and their promises” was the trigger for the protest.

After violence in Chennai, Tamil Nadu House passes Bill to allow Jallikattu
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Several people were taken into custody — police were yet to specify the number of detentions or arrests made.

Jallikattu protests: Looming health crisis, differences dog Marina protest
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

The state administration wants to clear off the beach road before the Republic Day parade.

Jallikattu: Gored by bulls, 2 die in Pudukottai; protesters block CM’s way near Madurai
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

Later, Paneerselvam said that Jallikattu was held in other parts of the state and that the government will do all it can to prevent any further sanctions.

Ordinance cleared, stage set for Jallikattu today, but protests on
Sun, Jan 22, 2017

Protesters say they want nothing short of an amendment to the Central law.

Mood on Marina: More than Jallikattu, this is wrath of the underclass
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

At Marina, G Durga Devi, a printing press employee from Madurai who works in Chennai, sees it as a movement primarily against established politicians and their politics.

Chennai: 20 lakh join in, Jallikattu set for tomorrow
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

Protesters refuse to call off agitation, CM likely to inaugurate sport

Tamil Nadu govt waves Centre’s assurance of support, promises steps to hold Jallikattu
Fri, Jan 20, 2017

Day 3: As thousands protest, AR Rahman, Viswanathan Anand join chorus

Taking Jallikattu bull by the horns: Protests in TN and the many legal twists and turns
Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Supporters say it’s a way of life; animal rights activists call it undisguised cruelty.

Jallikattu protests: So, what happens next?
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

With the Centre refusing to issue an ordinance to lift the ban, top legal advisors in the government and a top AIADMK leader explains the way out.