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Why does Kamal Haasan call TTV Dinakaran’s win a ‘stain’ on democracy?

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While the Dinakaran-Sasikala faction seems to prove their mettle, Kamal Haasan smells money power behind the historic win

The RK Nagar by-poll result was nothing less than a jolt for Tamil Nadu politics. Not only did it change the power centres of local politics but also shaped the future direction for politicians who claimed the legacy of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha.

The victory of TTV Dinakaran by the margin of whopping 40,000 votes over merged AIADMK faction was nothing less than a revival for jailed Sasikala. While the Dinakaran-Sasikala factions seem to prove their mettle Kamal Haasan smells money power behind the historic win. In his article which he writes for a Tamil Magazine ‘Ananda Vikatan’, Haasan alleged that the election is a “stain” on the democracy and called the victory a “purchased” one. In his article, Haasan also said that there was a distribution of money to purchase votes.

“RK Nagar by-poll is a big stain on Tamil Nadu politics; it is a big stain on Indian democracy. I won’t call this purchased win even a scam. This is a daylight crime,” Haasan wrote.

Dinakaran, however, lashed out at Kamal Haasan saying that the actor turned politician has hurt the voters’ sentiments. Dinakaran further expressed his displeasure saying such comments do not fit Haasan’s age and experience. “The veiled attack is not at me but the voters who are from economically weaker sections. According to him, they voted for money. But this is not true,” Dinakaran barbed.

He also completely denied any allegations of bribing the voters. “Had it been the case, ‘two leaves’ AIADMK would have won; but these people voted for me,” Dinakaran said. However, Dinakaran also did not miss the chance to take a jibe at his future competitor. Calling out Kamal Haasan’s political drives he said it is not a “scripted movie” where you can speak “dialogues written by some other person”.

Since his announcement of entering politics, Kamal Haasan has been actively speaking against corruption in the state and right-wing extremism. Initially, a cloud of ambiguity surrounded his decision to enter politics. However, after his meet with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, he made it clear that “his colour is not saffron”.

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Indrani Mukerjea files for divorce in a Mumbai court

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Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, jailed in the murder case of Sheena Bora, filed for a divorce in a Mumbai court today. Mukerjea who is the owner of a TV channel has been lodged in the women’s jail in Byculla since she was arrested in the year 2015.

Indrani Mukerjea stated that the marriage had “irretrievably broken down”, had sent a notice of divorce to Peter Mukerjea this year.

A CBI court had earlier this month rejected her request for bail quoting ill-health and a “threat” to her life in prison.

Indrani Mukerjea’s daughter Sheena Bora from her first marriage was allegedly killed on 24th April 2012. The crime came surfaced after Shyamvar Rai, Mukerjea’s driver was arrested in another case in the year 2016 when he revealed an insider on it.

Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver were arrested for alleged murder.

Peter Mukerjea, her husband was arrested three months later after being allegedly part of the planning.

Mukerjea was sent to a hospital in June after she complained of chest pain. Months after her arrest, she was taken to the hospital in an unconscious state after a suspected case of drug overdose.

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Cops take out rally in Manipur to protest against mob violence

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The Manipur Human Rights Commission has directed the state director general of police to probe the matter and submit a report by September 22.

 

Imphal, Sep 18 (PTI) The Manipur Police Monday took out a rally from Moreh to Tengnoupal, along the India-Myanmar border, to protest incidents of mob violence in the state.

The “men in uniform”, numbering around 70 and led by Tengnoupal Superintendent of Police S Ibombcha Singh, was joined in by more than 500 volunteers of various civic bodies.

“The two-km peace rally – from Moreh police station to Tengnoupal district headquarters – was taken out to generate awareness about the need for maintenance of law and order in the society,” Ibomcha Singh told PTI.

A civil official, who did not wish to be named, said the peace rally was the first of its kind in the state.

The rally came four days after a 26-year-old man was lynched by an irate mob at Tharoijam area of Imphal West district on suspicion of being a vehicle lifter.

Local people had also set afire a car believed to have been used by “two of his associates”.

Five persons, including a havildar of India Reserve Battalion (IRB), have been arrested in this connection.

The purported video of the incident, which went viral on social media, showed that the four police personnel, including a sub-inspector, were “present at the spot when the victim was alive and lying unattended”, Imphal West SP Jogeshwar Haobijam had said.

While the sub-inspector was suspended, three other officers were terminated from their services.

Haobijam had also said that the Cyber Crime Unit was tracking individuals who had uploaded clips of the bleeding victim.

The lynching episode triggered sharp condemnations and sit-in protests by various social activists in the area.

The Manipur Human Rights Commission has directed the state director general of police to probe the matter and submit a report by September 22.

People in large numbers have also been organizing torch rallies here, demanding justice for the victim.

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Defence Minister approves procurement of military equipment worth Rs 9,100 crores

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The acquisition proposals were approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.

 

New Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) The Defence Ministry Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of military equipment and weapons worth Rs 9,100 crore, officials said.

The procurement will include two regiments of Aakash missile systems, they said.

The acquisition proposals were approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.

The DAC also approved the design and development of test equipment for guided weapons systems for T90 tanks.

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