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Battle to win Amma’s legacy: will the video leak pay off for Dinakaran camp?

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As the RK Nagar by-poll is due on Thursday, the TTV Dinakaran camp spotted the opportunity to release a video of the late J Jayalalitha, from her last days.

The death of AIADMK matriarch J Jayalalitha has been surrounded by a web of mysteries. However, the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister continues to be an election bid, her successors can bet on.

Amma (J Jayalalitha) as she was known among the masses, left a fortune and a vast political empire to be inherited by her party workers. However, soon after her demise, the party fell aside and was split into three factions- Amma’s close aide Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran camp, O. Panneerselvam and E. Palaniswami camp. The OPS and EPS camp have mended their ways to stand up to Sasikala-Dinakaran camp.

The battle between the factions to claim the throne has intensified as the RK Nagar by-poll is due tomorrow. RK Nagar by-poll is a crucial game for all the three factions to prove their mettle. The factions are also looking at it as a base to claim Amma’s political legacy who represented the constituency.

The TTV Dinakaran faction who has been on a back foot due to Sasikala’s arrest on charges of corruption tried to make a comeback with a video of Amma from her last days. Just a day before the by-poll in Chennai it released a video of late J Jayalalitha from last year.

In the video, it is seen that Amma is lying on a hospital bed visibly very weak. She is also seen watching TV while drinking juice from the glass she is holding.

The video was released by MLA S Vetrivel who later confessed that he did so without consulting Dinakaran or Sasikala. “The video was shot after Amma was moved from the ICU by Sasikala,” Vetrivel said.

The mysteries surrounding AIADMK Supremo’s death gave birth to several conspiracy theories. Many believe that she had demised before bringing her to the hospital but was kept for several days for political motives. However, Apollo hospital had always maintained that Jayalalitha was unconscious when she was brought in. The matter which invoked qualms was taken under judicial probe.

Vetrivel said that he wanted to clear the air surrounding Amma’s death and wanted to put an end to all conspiracy theories. Earlier, Dinakaran had claimed that a video of amma watching television at the hospital is with him, which was recorded by Sasikala. He said Sasikala had warned him not to release the video because it would degrade Amma as she is seen wearing night dress in it. “She did not permit to release the video except for judicial probe,” said Dinakaran.

The newly released video has made the Jayalalitha’s death even murkier instead of clearing the air around it. It is evident that the video is an attempt to invoke sympathy for the Sasikala-Dinakaran faction. But the matter of fact is, only time will tell if this move by Dinakaran camps reaps benefit or falls flat on its face.

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Election Commission Of India declares biennials election dates in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh

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Both the elections will be held on May 21.

NEW DELHI: The Election Commision of India (ECI) has announced the date for the biennial elections in Maharashtra and a by-poll in Andhra Pradesh on Monday. Both the elections will be held on may 21 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

As per the ECI schedule, the date of issuance of notifications will be April 26 while the last date of nomination will be May 3. The scrutiny of nominations will be on May 4 while the last date for withdrawal of candidature is May 7.

The ECI also said the elections will be completed by May 29. The biennial election will be held on 6 seats of Maharashtra Legislative council and 1 seat of  Andhra Pradesh  Legislative council

According to the ECI, the terms of Jadhav Jaywantrao Pundlikrao (Nashik), Bhangdiya Mitesh Gotulal (Wardha-Chandrapur-Gadhchiroli), Abdullah Khan A. Latif Khan Durrani (Prabhani-Hingoli), Pravin Ramchandraji Pote (Amravati) and Deshmukh Dileeprao Dagdojirao (Osmanabad- Latur-Beed) will expire on June 21. While Anil Dattatrey Tatkare’s term from the (Raigarh-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg) seat will end on May 31.

Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu from the Chittoor local authorities’ constituency of Andhra Pradesh died on February 7.

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Congress is working on a counter-narrative to defeat the BJP in 2019: Milind Deora

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“The honeymoon period is over and the government is being judged on the same parameters as any other government before…When the narrative starts to change, one way to deflect attention is to attack the opposition”

MUMBAI: Congress needs to stitch together into an alliance that will not only help it win the elections but work on a long-term basis too, Congress leader Milind Deora said this while talking about Congress approach to defeat the BJP in the upcoming election.

The former Union minister criticised the Narendra Modi government, saying it has failed on multiple counts, like the economic front, the social front as well as in the foreign policy arena.

“We have to tell the people that if you are upset and if you are disappointed and feel let down by the policies of last four years (of the Modi government), why you should vote for us,” he told PTI.

“We have to come up with a counter-narrative to the BJP and Narendra Modi,” Deora added.

He highlighted that the Congress party needs to provide “a very clear narrative”, socially and economically.

Deora further added that “Socially it is clear what we stand for. Economically, it is very critical that we come with a blueprint of what is our agenda of going forward and that is something which is happening”.

Regarding the coalition aspect, Deora said, “We have to think long-term as a party. We can’t just think of winning elections or defeating the BJP. We also have to think who are our partners, who want to govern, who will work with us.”

While expressing his concern over the aspect needed for the “right narrative”, he said it will include elements like “What is the team which will come to power, what will it look like, who are the people, what will be the economic plan, how will we help the poor and the downtrodden, how will we help growth and industry, how will we encourage investment and jobs.

“The people have given the government a chance. And on multiple fronts — economic front, social front, and foreign policy front — there have been failures, some serious, some not so serious failures,” the Congress leader said.

In the 2014 elections, the Congress had won only 44 out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats after ruling the country for two successive terms of five years (2004-2014).

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‘Save The Constitution’ Campaign will be launched by Rahul Gandhi in Delhi

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“The community is being denied opportunities in spheres of education and jobs. The programme aims to highlight these issues nationwide.”

NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will launch a nationwide ‘Save The Constitution’ today. The Campaign will be continued until till April 14 next year – the birth anniversary of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar.

The campaign aim is to highlight the recent attacks on the constitution and the Dalit community.

Senior Congress leaders like Former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, Loksabha leader of opposition Mallikarjun Kharge and Sushil Kumar Shinde will attend the launch.

‘Save The Constitution’ Campaign is an effort by Congress to reach out to the Dalit community ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The campaign, which will be launched from the Talkatora stadium in Delhi today and continue until April 14 next year – the birth anniversary of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar.

The attendees of the event also include Congress’ present and former Dalit lawmakers, those holding offices in Zilla Parishad, civic bodies and panchayat samitis, the party’s office-bearers attached to its regional units.

The attendees are expected to take the message forward, holding similar campaigns in states to reach out to the Dalit community members, sources in the party told news agency PTI.

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