Vaiko, founder and General Secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) met DMK supremo M Karunanidhi at the latter's Gopalapuram residence on Monday. Speaking to reporters post the meet, Vaiko said, “Meeting my Guru was very emotional. MDMK will always stand by DMK.” Notably, a few days back Rajinikanth who announced his political foray on December 31, 2017, met the DMK patriarch and sought blessings.
DMK legislators staged a walkout on the first day of the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday boycotting Governor Banwarilal Purohit’s speech. Speaking to the reporters after staging the walkout, DMK working president MK Stalin said that the Governor has not ordered a trust vote even as a government without the majority is still in power. The Governor is just reading a document that the AIADMK government has prepared, Stalin alleged. Asserting that the Governor’s inspection visit to the districts in the state affects the state autonomy and is against democracy, the DMK working president accused Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami of not holding talks with the transport employees who are involved in the strike for the fifth consecutive day.
DMK has reportedly removed 120 party functionaries from their posts for lapses in election work at the RK Nagar constituency. This action comes following a report submitted by a three-member committee that inquired into the election work of the partymen in the RK Nagar constituency. Notably, DMK candidate Marudhu Ganesh suffered a major defeat in the recent RK Nagar bypoll.
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Reacting to the Triple Talaq Bill that was passed recently, DMK working president MK Stalin said three-year jail term in it, makes it harsh. Earlier, advocates too were critical of the bill since it seeks to “criminalise” divorce and argued that things should be in “civil” nature.
Puducherry Chief Minister Narayanasamy has reportedly stated that only DMK working president MK Stalin is the eligible person to lead the party. The Congress leader’s comment comes in the wake of expelled DMK leader Alagiri's statement on Wednesday that DMK will not win any elections under the leadership of MK Stalin.
Expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri launched a scathing attack on the MK Stalin-led DMK over the recent defeat in the RK Nagar bypoll. Stating that the activities of the party are not up to the mark, the former Union Minister added that those who are with Stalin now are the reason behind party’s defeat, says a report by Puthiya Thalaimurai TV. Alagiri, further, reportedly added that everything was fine with the party when party supremo M Karunanidhi was in charge. Questioning why DMK suffered a huge defeat in RK Nagar bypoll to the extent of losing the deposit, Alagiri said the party will not win any elections under the leadership of MK Stalin.
Reacting to the RK Nagar bypoll result, DMK leader MK Stalin said that, “RK Nagar loss is not a defeat for DMK but is a Himalayan defeat for the Indian Election Commission.” Notably, DMK candidate Marudhu Ganesh lost his deposit as he secured only 24,075 votes in the RK Nagar bypoll election.
DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi in an interview to a news channel post her acquittal in the 2G spectrum case, said that she hopes to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and serve the people. She added that she had always wanted to be a part of a constituency.
Former Union Telecommunication Minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi are set to receive a festive welcome as they are returning to Chennai after being acquitted by the CBI court in 2G spectrum case. DMK working president MK Stalin will reportedly receive both of them at the Chennai airport. They will later meet DMK supremo M Karunanidhi and party General Secretary K Anbazhagan, say reports.
After the 2G verdict on Thursday in which MP Kanimozhi and the former telecom minister A Raja along with 11 other members were released, now it’s DMK that has to decide between Congress and BJP to have an alliance with. While there was no doubt about DMK’s alliance with Congress, the meeting between M Karunanidhi and Modi at the former’s residence and the 2G verdict have triggered speculations that DMK might ally with BJP in the upcoming election.
Sidelined AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran has welcomed the CBI court’s decision acquitting all the accused including former telecommunication minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum verdict case. Further, stating that it is not a good culture to want them to go to jail just because they belong to the opposition party, Dhinakaran congratulated A Raja and Kanimozhi. "I'm happy as a Tamil since two fellow Tamils have been acquitted," Dhinakaran added.
The verdict in the 2G spectrum case is expected to be delivered at 10.30am by a Delhi court after a six-year trail. Former telecom minister A Raja and DMK Rajya Sabha member M Kanimozhi are among the prime accused. Raja is accused of allocating airwaves and licenses for cellphone networks in exchange for kickbacks and causing the state a loss of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore.
BJP Tamil Nadu unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan has reportedly asked why ruling AIADMK and DMK did not stop the RK Nagar by-election while they allege cash distribution. Speaking to reporters at Madurai airport, Tamilisai reportedly said AIADMK alleges that TTV Dhinakaran distributed crores of rupees to voters, while DMK also alleges cash distribution. But they don’t want the bypoll to be stopped, she reportedly added.
The Election Commission has reportedly issued an order asking people, who are not the voters in the RK Nagar, to vacate the constituency as the bypoll is scheduled for December 21. The campaigning for the bypoll is coming to an end today. Political parties including ruling AIADMK, DMK are involved in a fierce war of words ahead of the crucial bypoll.
DMK supremo M Karunanidhi on Friday visited the party’s headquarters, Anna Arivalayam in Chennai, after almost a year. The veteran leader put a signature in the Arivalayam registry book. When the party working president MK Stalin asked if he is happy, Karunanidhi nodded his head in a positive gesture. Cadres were excited and welcomed him at his house in Gopalapuram when the 93-year-old leader arrived.
DMK working president MK Stalin on Wednesday talked to Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan over the phone. The opposition leader urged the State government to extend the deadline of application for TNPSC group IV and VAO examination as those in cyclone-affected areas including Kanyakumari are finding it difficult to apply for the exam online. Today (December 13) is the last date of application as per the government’s notification.
DMK working president MK Stalin on Wednesday reportedly submitted a petition to Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit seeking to announce cyclone-affected Kanyakumari as a disaster-hit district. The district was severely affected by Cyclone Ockhi, which devastated the lives of fishermen as hundreds of them went missing during the cyclone. Many of them are feared dead.
DMK working president MK Stalin on Monday reportedly announced that the fishermen wing of the party will hold agitation near the Chennai district collectorate against the State government on Tuesday. Stalin alleged that the Central and State government were not active in rescue and relief works of the fishermen who were affected by Cyclone Ockhi. Stalin also slammed Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for not visiting the Cyclone-affected areas, but celebrating MGR centenary, say reports.
Without naming the Vishal episode in particular, DMK working president MK Stalin stated that the Returning Officer in the RK Nagar bypoll is under the control of the ruling party, AIADMK. He also urged the Election Commission to step in and ensure that elections are conducted in a fair manner.