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About a year ago, the state of Tamil Nadu lost its ‘Amma’. Since then, the state has witnessed political chaos with three Chief Ministers and an ‘almost demise’ of AIADMK. DMK and BJP were seen to be taking a clear advantage of the situation. Having Sasikala in jail and Dinakaran battling with central agencies, many say BJP has played its cards well.
T.T.V Dinakaran, the nephew of V.K. Sasikala, is a politician of Tamil Nadu. He is facing a case with ED probing deposits money into his accounts between 1991 and 1995. He has also served as a member of Lok Sabha, as well as Rajya Sabha.
Who is V.K. Sasikala?
J Jayalalithaa used to call Sasikala her ‘soul sister’. Other than two occasions when Jayalalithaa cut her ties with Sasikala, the later was known as someone ‘Amma’ couldn’t do without. V.K. Sasikala was like a shadow of Jayalalithaa but not much was known about her.
However, everything changed on 5th December 2016 when Jayalalithaa died. Within 12 hours, Sasikala appointed O Panneerselvam as acting Chief Minister. She took over as general secretary of AIADMK when the general council unanimously passed a resolution. It was the first time when Sasikala came into light. The world heard her voice for the first time.
She allegedly forced OPS to resign in an ambition to become Chief Minister herself. But when OPS made revelations to the media about Sasikala, the politics of Tamil Nadu went into chaos. What followed was her conviction in a Disappropriate Assets case, she was sentenced to 4 years in jail.
Dinakaran comes in
Dinakaran had moved to Poes Garden along with his aunt Sasikala following Jayalalithaa’s death. He was appointed deputy general secretary hours before Sasikala surrendered. Five years ago, he was expelled by Jayalalithaa after reports of him interfering in the party and government functioning came in.
He was then reportedly lobbying with the rebel members of OPS came to join back the parent party. It wasn’t long after when he was contesting the RK Nagal bypoll (vacated by Jayalalithaa) as an AIADMK candidate. He had a staunch victory. However, his cards didn’t go well when the Income Tax department stepped in.
Several of his loyalists were raided and the election stood cancelled. The Delhi Police had lodged an FIR, after a few days, accusing him of bribing the EC for the party’s symbol. Shortly, he faced an arrest in Delhi.
Things go wrong for Dinakaran
Sasikala in jail, Dinakaran facing Delhi Police, and several document incriminating ministers. This situation had led their faction to the knowledge that their ‘tracks stand exposed’ and hence, they sought protection. In these circumstances, OPS was another name of protection. Since he was the one with Delhi behind his back. Everyone knows Delhi backed OPS despite the objection of Tamil Nadu BJP unit.
With the tables turning, the same people who had ditched OPS in favour of Dinakaran, went running back to him. They said that a single family cannot control AIADMK. They demand Sasikala and Dinakaran must quit. People who had requested Sasikala to become the General Secretary now say ‘unity’ and the Government are of prime importance.
- Alleged attempts at bribing voters.
- Allegedly engaging with a history-sheeter to pay EC official.
These were Dinakaran’s mistakes. They came up in the light of his impatience to gain power. All he didn’t know was that central agencies were waiting for them. The agencies acted once the mistakes came in. They warned his associates.
The same Dinakaran who was in complete control during the dramatic ‘vote of confidence’, has no one worthwhile to back him now. His loyalists are now saying that the real AIADMK is headed by OPS.
The plot was understood. There was no other option than playing along. Dinakaran agreed to abide by the party and assured he wouldn’t fight back. He even stood for the merger of OPS faction back into the party. All these points towards the fact that he is aware that his game is over. He is no more in the situation to play the game of politics, now his game is survival.
As weather cleared up in Uttarakhand, Char Dham Yatra restored on Friday with more than 16,000 devotees resuming the pilgrimage from the Rishikesh camp.
According to sources, road leading to Badrinath has been repaired and helicopter service has also resumed.
Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami visited Dungi village and met families of people who were missing after the landslip incident, and consoled them.
Dhami assured them of all possible assistance. Two people from the village are still reported to be missing.
Pilgrims were seen leaving from Rishikesh Char Dham Bus terminal and Haridwar bus station for the pilgrimage since morning.
As per the state government, various departments -- Devasthanam Board, police are assisting the pilgrims.
Police Chowki Yatra Bus Terminal, Rishikesh, was announcing passenger-information via loudspeaker.
Free RT-PCR tests of pilgrims were being conducted at Rishikesh bus terminal.
Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board's media in-charge Dr Harish Gaur said pilgrimage was on in Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, while for Kedarnath, helicopter service was also available.
Though the weather was cold in all dhams, thankfully there was no rain, he added.
Portals of the temple in Badrinath will close on November 20, Gangotri on November 5, while that of Kedarnath and Yamunotri on November 6.
Uttarakhand floods, triggered by a major downpour from October 17 to 19, have claimed 65 lives so far, 3,500 people have been rescued while 16,000 evacuated to safety.
Seventeen teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), seven teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), 15 companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and 5,000 police personnel have been engaged in rescue and relief operations.
The state has already been provided with Rs 250 crore Disaster Fund which is being used for relief works.
To prevent spread of the diseases, the Central and state governments have decided to send medical teams to the affected areas.
Snapped power lines will be restored at the earliest, the government assured.
The state government said that as soon as alert for heavy rainfall was issued, the Incident Response System was activated at state and district levels, and pilgrims were halted at safer places. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Uttarakhand, India, Char Dham Yatra, PushkarDhami, Rishikesh.
The Centre has continued the Naga peace talks with the Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) leaders, but negotiations face roadblocks as the Naga leaders are adamant in their main demands for a separate Constitution and flag.
The sources aware of these developments said that the Centre was hopeful that a successful solution of the six decades-long peace talks would arrive at a logical conclusion, but in the recent statements, Naga leaders have accused the Centre of offering post-solution options.
Sources quoting the stand of Naga leaders said that NSCN's stand was loud and clear that it would not follow the forbidden route to the Naga solution that was linked to foregoing the Naga national flag and Constitution, which is the face of the Naga political struggle and identity.
The Naga leaders have also said that the Centre has been using divisive policy and flattery in the name of finding the Naga political solution when the matters heated up.
When the Centre resumed the peace process in September this year and sent the former special director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) A.K. Mishra as the Ministry of Home Affairs' emissary to the rebel outfit's chief negotiator and general secretary T. Muivah, he assured him (Muivah) that the peace talks would be initiated under the original framework signed in 2015, a source in the Naga rebel group said.
"Here we are talking about the Naga national flag and Yehzabo (Constitution), the two issues that are holding up the Naga solution under the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks in Delhi.
"The chequered history of the Indo-Naga political issue is clear enough before us, with accords and agreements that were never meant to be implemented in letter and spirit", an important office-bearer of the rebel outfit said while criticizing the governments' stand.
Accusing the Centre, he further accused the Centre of persuading the Naga people again to accept whatever is being offered to hurry up the Naga talks.
On the invitation of the Centre, the senior leaders of the NSCN-IM including T. Muivah arrived in the national capital on October 6 this year to hold another round of talks with the Centre.
Both, the Centre and the Naga leaders had indicated their keenness on resolving this long pending issue by the end of this year in an amicable manner.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma, who is also chairman of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had been actively involved in the resumption of the peace talks and taking it forward to a logical conclusion.
Soon after the transfer of Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi, who was appointed as the Centre's interlocutor for the Naga peace talks on August 29, 2014, to Tamil Nadu, the peace talks resumed on September 20 in Kohima when the Centre representative met the Naga leaders and invited them to visit Delhi for further rounds of peace talks.
The NSCN-IM and the other outfits entered into a ceasefire agreement with the Government of India in 1997 and over 80 rounds of negotiations with the Centre have been held in the past in successive governments. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Nagaland, India, Constitution, Politics, Flag.
The series decider for the Test series between England and India will now be played at Edgbaston from July 1 next year, said the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday. India is currently leading the series 2-1 before the fifth Test at Old Trafford was cancelled hours before the start due to concerns over COVID-19 outbreak in the tourists' camp.
"The fifth match of the LV= Insurance Test Series between England Men and India Men has been rescheduled and will now take place in July 2022. The match, which was due to take place last month at Emirates Old Trafford, was called off when India were unable to field a team due to fears of a further increase in the number of Covid-19 cases inside the camp," said an ECB statement.
"With India leading the series 2-1, the concluding fifth match will now take place from July 1, 2022, at Edgbaston, following an agreement between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)," added the statement.
ECB also said that due to the rescheduled Test, the white-ball series between England and India will now start six days later than originally planned. The T20I series will begin on July 7 at Ageas Bowl with Edgbaston and Trent Bridge hosting the second and third matches respectively on July 9 and 10. It will be followed by the ODI series starting on July 12 at The Oval followed by Lord's and Old Trafford hosting the second and third ODI on July 14 and 17 respectively.
"Ticket holders do not have to take any action as all tickets will remain valid for the equivalent rearranged matchday at their host venue. Host venues will communicate the new fixture details to ticket purchasers and the options available to them, including the timeframe for requesting a refund if they are not able to attend the new match day," further said the statement.
"We are very pleased that we have reached an agreement with BCCI to creating a fitting end to what has been a brilliant series so far. I'm very grateful to all the venues involved for the cooperation they've shown in allowing us to reschedule this match. I'd also like to thank Cricket South Africa for their support and understanding to allow these changes to be possible," said Tom Harrison, the CEO of the ECB.
"We would like to apologise again to fans for the disruption and disappointment of September events. We know it was a day that so many had planned long in advance. We recognise that accommodating this extra match means a tighter schedule for the white ball series. We will continue to manage our players' welfare and workloads through next year while we also continue to seek the optimum schedule for fans, players and our partners across the game."
"I am delighted that the England-India Test series will now have its rightful conclusion. The four Test matches were riveting, and we needed a fitting finale. The BCCI recognizes and respects the traditional form of the game and is also mindful of its role and obligations towards fellow Board Members. In the last two months, both BCCI and the ECB have been engaged in discussions and our efforts were aimed at finding a suitable window. I thank the ECB for their understanding and patience in finding an amicable solution," said BCCI Secretary Jay Shah. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: India, Britain, BCCI, Test Match, Cricket.