Tamil Nadu`s caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said on Thursday party legislators will have the chance to vote as per their conscience and he would be able to prove his majority.
Tamil Nadu's caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who is locked in a bitter power struggle with AIADMK boss VK Sasikala, has restricted the use of party funds kept in banks without his consent, saying that he is still the party's treasurer.
Amid uncertainty over Governor C Vidyasagar Rao's visit to Chennai, AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala has alleged that her swearing-in as Tamil Nadu's chief minister is being deliberately delayed by the former.
The Election Commission should consider the extraordinary political situation in Tamil Nadu and soon decide on the legal status of AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala, a former party parliamentarian said on Wednesday.
Amid political uncertainty in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who also holds charge for the southern state, today continued to stay put in Mumbai with no indication of when he will travel to Chennai.
Tamil Nadu's main opposition party DMK on Wednesday said that it has nothing to do with AIADMK's 'internal squabbles' and asked latter's general secretary VK Sasikala to respond to the allegations made by O Panneersevlvam against her.
Shortly after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam openly revolted against AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala alleging that he was forced to resign, the social media exploded in his support and showered praise on him for taking the bold move.
Tamil Nadu's ruling party AIADMK, which was kept intact and united by former chief minister J Jayalalithaa is surely going through a bad phase ever since her demise in December last year.
AIADMK's decision to elevate party general secretary VK Sasikala to the post of Tamil Nadu's chief minister has evoked sharp reactions from citizens and rival political parties, who have questioned her credentials for the top job.
Sasikala's swearing-in ceremony, which was to be held at the Madras University hall, may now take place on February 9.
The priority now will be on compensating the victims of the oil spill caused by the collision of two ships carrying petroleum products off Kamarajar Port here, said a top official of the Directorate General Shipping on Monday.
Sasikala was earlier elected the general secretary of the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party.
VK Sasikala, the long-time close associate of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, faces more than a few challenges as she prepares to rule one of India's most politically vital states.
People of Tamil Nadu did not vote for anyone from Jayalalithaa's "household" to be chief minister, says DMK Working President M K Stalin, who appears to be keeping his options open on the possibility of another government in the tenure of the current Assembly.
The mishap had taken place when "M T BW Maple", with a flag of "Isle of Man", was leaving after emptying Liquefied Petroleum Gas and M T Dawn, Kanchipuram, loaded with petroleum oil lubricant (POL), was on its way to berth at Kamarajar Port.
The incident took place on January 28 when `M T BW Maple` was leaving after emptying Liquefied Petroleum Gas and M T Dawn, Kanchipuram, was on its way to berth at the Ennore port.
The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday announced the setting up of an inquiry commission to look into the incidents of violence during the pro-Jallikattu protests across the state.
Police made it clear that Marina was out of bounds for any kind of agitation.
The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader added that anti-national and anti-social elements did not want the Jallikattu protests to end.
The Supreme Court is set to hear all the petitions filed on the bull-taming festival of Jallikattu on January 31.
The Supreme Court is likely to hear on January 30 a batch of petitions by animal rights groups challenging the validity of a Tamil Nadu law permitting Jallikattu.
Triplicane is near Marina Beach and its streets saw pitched battle on Monday between police and the protesters.
Jallikattu is a popular bull taming sport of Tamil Nadu.
Chennai/New Delhi: Protests demanding jallikattu swelled on the streets of Tamil Nadu on Thursday after agitators rejected statements by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.
PETA on Thursday made a fresh appeal to lawmakers urging them not to encourage a tradition which causes unnecessary pain to an animal.
The Supreme Court in May 2014 banned Jallikattu, saying that bulls cannot be used as performing animals either for Jallikattu events or for bullock-cart races.
Social media appeared to have played a key role in bringing together thousands of pro-Jallikattu protesters to the sprawling Marina Beach here and other parts of Tamil Nadu, with updates on the ongoing students' spontaneous stir and messages flooding the platform.
The protestors are also venting their anger against PETA for its strident opposition to the bull-taming sport associated with the Pongal harvest festivities.
The Madras High Court today said it will not "interfere" on the issue of protests in the city against the ban on Jallikattu, holding that the Supreme Court was seized of the matter.
The state government has promised the agitators that it would even approach the President seeking an ordinance on the matter.
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