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EPS pushes to sack Sasikala, avoid floor test as Dinakaran digs heels in
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday called all senior ministers for an urgent meeting in Chennai Thursday.

19 pro-Dinakaran MLAs meet TN Governor, say act against EPS
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

A source close to Dinakaran said he has 19 party MLAs and three independent MLAs in his camp. Eight other MLAs, including four ministers, are expected to join him soon

AIADMK factions merge in Tamil Nadu: 20 MLAs behind him, TTV Dinakaran to first target CM, meet Governor
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Dinakaran has not yet responded to the merger. In a tweet addressed to reporters, he said: “As I have sore throat and fever, doctor has advised me rest. Will meet you all on August 23rd.”

AIADMK factions merge in Tamil Nadu: EPS and OPS are one again, move to purge Sasikala loyalists, all eyes on TTV Dinakaran
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

AIADMK merger: The deal, reached after several rounds of negotiations with the blessings of the BJP, will lead to the formal ouster of V K Sasikala as the AIADMK general secretary — the close aide of Jayalalithaa is doing time in prison in a disproportionate assets case.

Stage set for merger of ADMK factions
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

AIADMK merger: The two AIADMK factions are allegedly under pressure from the BJP to announce the merger before August 22, the day BJP chief Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Tamil Nadu. OPS is learnt to have taken the final decision to seal the deal at a meeting with his senior aides late on Friday night.

Rival AIADMK factions to announce merger on Monday, OPS gives in out of despair
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

AIADMK merger: A senior leader in the OPS camp confirmed this deal, adding that at least 10 top-most leaders in his camp will be getting key posts, either in the government or the party, followed by the merger announcement expected on Monday.

AIADMK merger plans: Differences within OPS-EPS factions, fears that Dinakaran may topple govt
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

Indicating that he would choose the party over the government, Dinakaran said that those in power were taking decisions for their own interests. “We will take a decision as per the wishes of cadres.

Why DMK is unlikely to wait and watch anymore when AIADMK government is to fall anytime
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Except for a statement of its leader M K Stalin that they will move a no-confidence motion if required, the DMK is yet to make any political move to topple the government despite being a powerful opposition with 89 MLAs.

With 23 MLAs, T T V Dinakaran shows his strength, gets in the way of merger
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

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.

Why today’s Melur rally is a matter of life and death for the Sasikala family
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

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.

Facing heat from both AIADMK camps, Dinakaran attacks BJP
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

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.

In murder’s wake, it’s the ghosts who fight trauma, abandonment
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

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 day Tamil Nadu CM meets PM Narendra Modi, strong merger signs in Chennai
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

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.

For turf war, RSS, CPM draw their footsoldiers from same social ranks in Kerala
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

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.

Stage being set in AIADMK for merger of both factions in Tamil Nadu
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

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”.

Kerala political murders: Why law doesn’t take its course
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

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.

In drought-hit tamil nadu village, Dispute over wells: Villagers raise Rs 6 crore to buy OPS land, find it has changed hands
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

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.

EPS faction moves a step closer to AIADMK merger, Dinakaran faces setback, Sasikala untouched
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

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.  

In Kerala war, how RSS and CPI(M) are two sides of the same violent coin
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

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.

Toddy tapper, truck driver, saw mill worker: look who are getting killed in Kerala
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

In Kannur, Ground Zero of the political turf war in Kerala, The Indian Express tracks down the victims of killings over last three years

Special cell by police to handle problems faced by inter-caste couple
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

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).

Dinakaran signals return, announces statewide tour
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

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.

Filmmaker Divya Bharathi booked for showing caste in bad light in her documentary Kakkoos
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

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.

Dinakaran set to step back from sidelines
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

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.

Kerala Youth who joined IS killed in Afghanistan
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

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.

Kerala political attacks: CM Pinarayi Vijayan calls BJP, RSS leaders for talks
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

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.

Madras HC makes Vande Mataram must in schools, private and govt offices
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

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 theatres remain shut over double taxation
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

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.

MGR birth centenary event opens up fissures in party: Sasikala’s brother rises in AIADMK cast, plans event
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

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.

Look how the sun is making waves in Kerala’s backwaters
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Performance review of solar boat launched six months ago prompts state to go for 10 more

Opposition stages walkout over gutka scam in Tamil Nadu
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

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.

Tamil Nadu police chief issues circular seeking tab on potential revolts
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

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

Presidential poll: AIADMK ruling faction to support NDA candidate
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

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.

Stop slamming Sasikala or face boycott, 33 AIADMK MLAs to tell TN CM
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

“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

Sasikala camp claims more MLAs, Stalin asks: Will govt stay till June 14?
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

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.

Kiran Bedi’s conduct unbecoming: Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

In the Assembly, Narayanasamy insisted that Bedi has to work according to the advice of the council of ministers.