AIADMK’s Jayalalithaa won three assembly by-elections from her hospital bed. However, the DMK heir’s decision to disempower second-line satraps, who were running personal fiefdoms in their districts, and his fresh approach, could prove beneficial in the next polls, observes N Sathiya Moorthy. IMAGE: AIADMK cadres celebrate their party's victory in three assembly by-polls in front of Apollo Hospital where Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment, in Chennai. Rediff.com, 1 week ago
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s infection is fully under control but her discharge from hospital depended on her progress, Apollo Hospitals Chairman Pratap C Reddy said on Saturday. “I already told (you) her infection is fully under control. But what is required is that she needed reinvigoration to go back. This is what is happening,” he told reporters here. He said her discharge from the hospital depended on her progress adding no date has been fixed for it.Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago Is BJP moving closer to Amma? Rediff.com, 4 weeks ago Jaya 'very well', will return home soon: AIADMK Rediff.com, 1 month ago For Amma's recovery, supporter holds Rs 35 lakh yagna Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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, 1 month ago
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 month 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 month 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, 2 months ago
Lok Sabha With no signs of thaw in the deadlock with the government, a combative Opposition on Friday continued their vociferous protests in the Lok Sabha over the demonetization issue, forcing adjournment of the House for the day without transacting much business. Marking another week of virtual washout of proceedings barring the passage of the Bill to amend the I-T Act without discussion, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the proceedings for the day little past 12.30 pm. Opposition members, ...Rediff.com, 2 days ago
It's been 13 days that the Winter Session commenced, but no work has taken place as MPs continue to spar over the note ban. Rajya Sabha Opposition uproar over the demonetisation issue continued in Rajya Sabha on Thursday leading to two adjournments in the post-noon session even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi remained present in the House. As Chairman Hamid Ansari called for the first question of the day at noon, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said while the prime minister has been ...Rediff.com, 3 days ago
Despite the indisputable facts demonetisation and its pain is yet to have a quantifiable political backlash.But this is provided the government can limit the damage to the next one week.Aditi Phadnis reports from New Delhi. IMAGE: Congress MP Rahul Gandshi in queue at a Delhi bank. Photograph: Vijay Verma/PTI Photo The chatter in the political classes is hushed, but paradoxically it is also deafening. Many in Parliament have lost significant wealth as a result of demonetisation, but no ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Proceedings in Parliament were washed out for the second consecutive day on Friday, with the ruling side causing pandemonium in Rajya Sabha over certain remarks by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and opposition creating ruckus over demonetisation in Lok Sabha. No business could be transacted in either the Rajya Sabha or the Lok Sabha due to the uproar and both the Houses were adjourned for the day prematurely. In the Rajya Sabha where debate took place on demonetisation for six-hours on ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
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