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India Politics

Emotional support for Jayalalithaa in Bangalore

Bangalore : About 500 men and women from Tamil Nadu crossed into Karnataka Sunday to extend emotional support to jailed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Carrying posters with pictures of 'Amma', as Jayalalithaa is popularly known, the protesters from Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri and Hosur areas staged a demonstration on the city's outskirts.

Police prevented them from going to the central jail where Jayalalithaa was sent to late Saturday after being sentenced to four years in prison for corruption.

Save us from AIADMK violence, pleads Vijaykant

Chennai : DMDK leader A. Vijaykant Sunday met Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah and sought protection for all political parties in the state against violence unleashed by AIADMK cadres.

"I sought protection for all the parties in the state," Vijaykant told the media, after AIADMK supporters allegedly attacked political rivals after a court jailed Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa for corruption.


AIADMK member commits suicide

Chennai : Distressed after Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa was jailed for corruption, a 45-year-old AIADMK member allegedly committed suicide in Tamil Nadu Sunday, police said.

Babu hanged himself from a tree close to his house near the temple town of Kanchipuram.

According to police, Babu was upset after a court in Bangalore Saturday sentenced Jayalalithaa to four years in prison for amassing wealth illegally when she was the chief minister in 1991-96.

"Babu may have taken his life because of that," a police officer said.


Modi pays tribute to Bhagat Singh

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday paid tributes to freedom fighter Bhagat Singh - on his 107th birth anniversary.

"I bow to the proud son of India, Shaheed Bhagat Singh," the prime minister said in a statement. "His undying patriotism and courage continue to inspire.

Bhagat Singh was hanged in Lahore along with Rajguru and Sukhdev in March 1931.


Modi should speak out more on sports in India

By Veturi Srivatsa,

One wonders how Narendra Modi could draw a parallel between India winning a cricket match and the Mars achievement of space scientists when he himself and his alter ego Amit Shah controlled Gujarat cricket till the two shifted to Delhi.

Leadership dominant in NDA, was 'very loose' in UPA: Vinod Rai

By Prashant Sood,

New Delhi : He stirred a hornet's nest with his explosive CAG report on the allocation of 2G telecom spectrum, but Vinod Rai, now retired, is sticking to his guns, saying leadership in the UPA-II government was "very loose", with parties pulling in different directions, but is dominant in the current National Democratic Alliance (NDA) dispensation.

Rai, whose book "Not Just An Accountant" (Rupa) was released earlier this month, said the bureaucracy has a greater sense of participation in the Narendra Modi government.


Jayalalithaa holds talks on successor in Bangalore jail

Bangalore : Jailed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Sunday discussed the issue of her successor with a few cabinet ministers following her conviction for corruption.

"Jayalalithaa has advised cabinet colleagues and party leaders to convene a meeting of all lawmakers (legislators) in Chennai later in the day and elect a leader to serve as chief minister," an AIADMK leader told IANS here.

The meeting lasting a hour was held over breakfast in the visitors' room of the Central Jail in the city's outskirts.


Colours abound in Haryana's political space

By Jaideep Sarin,

Chandigarh : Politicians, it is said, come in all hues and this is certainly true in Haryana with a plethora of colours on view ahead of next month's assembly elections.

Leading parties are identifying themselves with different colours in the run-up to the October 15 polls for 90 seats. Be it headgear like turbans, scarves, dupattas or jackets and kurtas or even their vehicles - leaders of various parties are actually wearing their respective political colours.


BJP, Congress tussle over closing Goa casinos

Panaji : Whether to shut down casinos in Goa on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, has become a point of tussle between the ruling BJP and the Congress in the state.

The Congress Saturday called for closing down all casinos in Goa on the occasion Of Gandhi Jayanti Oct 2, a notified 'dry day' when all liquor shops and vends are closed and serving of alcohol is banned.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has shot back, asking why the Congress, during its seven-year rule (2005-12) in the state never thought of closing casinos Oct 2.


AIADMK calls party legislators to Chennai

Chennai : The AIADMK party has asked all its legislative assembly members to be present at the party headquarters here Sunday, said a party official.

The meeting is expected to choose the party's next chief minister following the conviction of the incumbent J. Jayalalithaa in the Rs.66-crore disproportionate assets case by a special court in Bangalore Saturday.

Jayalalithaa has been sentenced to four years imprisonment and a fine of Rs.100 crore has been slapped on her. She is currently in a Bangalore jail.