More than the traditional Dravidian political rivalry that’s now on display, it’s boiling down to father-son one-upmanship within the DMK, says N Sathiya Moorthy. For a chip of the old block, M K Stalin, politician-son of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M Karunanidhi, is making feeble yet continual attempts at bringing back the missing ‘civility’ in southern Tamil Nadu’s Dravidian political discourse. If he is getting less cooperation from the ruling All India ... Rediff.com, 4 days ago
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It doesn’t matter that the man who has been given charge of Jayalalithaa’s portfolios today started out opposing her, reports Aditi Phadnis. You could ask why Ottakara Panneerselvam (or OPS as he is known in Tamil Nadu) has been given charge of Jayalalithaa’s portfolios, including the authority to call cabinet meetings while she is in hospital. One reason could be his apparent lack of ambition and readiness to give up the chief ministership when asked. He’s done so not ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
The AIADMK supremo will, however, continue to be the CM. With Jayalalithaa continuing to remain in hospital since September 22, Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on Tuesday allocated the portfolios held by her to Finance Minister O Panneerselvam but said the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supreme will continue to be the chief minister. ‘Under Clause (3) of Article 166 of the Constitution of India, the governor of Tamil Nadu today (Tuesday) allocated the subjects hitherto ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Political leaders, including Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, on Sunday visited the Apollo Hospital to enquire about the condition of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa even as special prayers were held for her good health across Tamil Nadu. “I pray to the Almighty that she recovers fully and get back to her routine. I am fully confident that she will recover soon,” Narayanasamy told reporters after visiting the hospital. Tamil Manila Congress chief G K Vasan also visited ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago Jaya interacting, progressing gradually: Hospital Rediff.com, 3 days ago Unwell Jaya's cabinet finally meets, 'trusted minister' Panneerselvam takes charge Rediff.com, 6 days ago Jaya, 4th Tamil Nadu CM in 5 to be hospitalised for long Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
Verifiable ‘distress-sharing’ of available water may still be the way out of the Cauvery water row, says N Sathiya Moorthy. Image: Pro-Kannada activists protesting in Mysuru on Tuesday in the wake of the Supreme Court directive to the Karnataka state to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. Photograph: PTI Photo. Independent of this week’s violence and the Supreme Court proceedings, before and after the attacks, ‘distress-sharing’ of available water on a seasonal ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
With Tamil Nadu’s economy getting increasingly debt-ridden with each passing budget, any concession to the Centre on the tax front, the state government has argued, would only help forgotten ‘minor parties’ to start hoping of a revival, says N Sathiya Moorthy. Last week’s Rajya Sabha walkout by Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK may not have caused the GST Bill to be voted out, or even delayed its passage, but the party’s reservations that the Bill sought to ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
After necessary approvals, alignment of Assemblies and Parliament sessions’ timings to play crucial role, report Archis mohan and Indivjal Dhasmana The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, only gives authority to the Centre and states to frame laws on goods and services tax. And that, too, only if at least 15 of the 29 states approve the legislation and the President gives his assent. For the government to meet its GST roll-out deadline of April 1, ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Tamil parties All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam had a face-off in Rajya Sabha on Friday after the former raised the issue of construction of check dams by Andhra Pradesh on Pallar river flowing it the state. When Vijila Sathyanath (AIADMK) rose to speak on her zero hour mention, DMK members, led by Tiruchi Siva and Kanimozhi, objected to it, saying she should not be allowed to raise the matter as their notices on the same issue were disallowed earlier.Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The Rajya Sabha on Thursday witnessed a face-off between Opposition and government over dismissal of Congress dispensations in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, bringing into close scrutiny the role of governors. "What happened in Arunachal last year and in Uttarakhand this year shocked the country and invited censure of the Supreme Court and high court of Uttarakhand," said Congress Deputy leader Anand Sharma. Photograph: PTI Photo The main opposition party alleged "trampling" of democracy ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The Congress, however, said it wanted to see the final print on the wording of the dispute resolution mechanism before committing its support to the Bill The government has reached an agreement with the Congress on the contentious issue of dispute resolution mechanism under the goods and services tax (GST) regime, raising hopes for the passage of the Constitution amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha slated for early next week. However, AIADMK, which has 13 members in the Upper House, was yet to ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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