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Govt floats tender for color TV sets

The DMK government has floated a global tender for procuring 14 inch color TVs for implementing its most popular scheme of election 2006. Chief Minister M Karunanidhi made this announcement today. In order to ensure transparency in the implementation of this scheme, an all party committee will be set up. Beside this, Karunanidhi also announced the revival of several popular schemes started by his previous government like 'Samathuvapurams' (village where people of all castes live together) and Uzhavar Sandhais (markets run by farmers) during 1996-2001.

Water Problem!

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy ruled out releasing 395 tmc ft of water from Cauvery to Tamil Nadu as directed by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in its interim order. The decision to this effect was taken at an all party meeting in the state where leaders of ruling JD(S), BJP, and Congress participated. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Kumaraswamy said that the state was receiving step-motherly treatment by the Tribunal and Union Ministers at the Centre. The Karnataka Government will file its opinion before the Tribunal on June 15th.

The Cauvery water dispute has been a perennial problem between the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The Central Government must find a better way of in enforcing the order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and should make the order binding to the two states. Otherwise, the orders of the Tribunal will serve no purpose.

A courtesy call?

Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today said he would seek an explanation from Tamil Nadu's Cooperatives and Statistics Minister Ko Si Mani following reports that he had participated in a "yaga" organised by Kanchi Sankaracharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswati, at Kumbakonam. "I am surprised and shocked at it. An explanation will be sought from the Minister," the DMK chief said in a press release here.

Local media reports said Mani had also held discussions with the Sankaracharya after being accorded a warm reception along with DMK supporters at the venue of the yaga yesterday. The minister however dismissed this meeting as a courtesy call.

Source: Chennaionline

Jayalalitha takes over as Leader of Opposition

Days after taking part in the assembly proceedings and blasting the DMK government's election promises, former chief minister Jayalalitha took over as the Leader of Opposition from O Pannerselvam. Pannerselvam will now serve as deputy leader, and Sengottaiyam will now be ADMK's whip. Former Minister D Jayakumar will now be the treasurer. This is the second time Jayalalitha has become the Leader of Opposition. Previously she held the position 17 years earlier. It is unclear to me what made her change her mind, but the assembly proceedings will now definitely be interesting to watch in the days ahead.

Vijaykanth’s maiden speech

In his maiden speech in the assembly yesterday, Vijaykanth welcomed the DMK government's move to reduce the price of rice in the Public Distribution System (PDS) from Rs 3.50 to 2.00 per kg, and to write off loans taken by farmers from co-operative banks. In his speech, Vijaykanth reiterated his party's support to the state government in the Cauvery and Mullaiperiyar desputes. But he criticized the DMK government for not taking steps to curb corruption at all levels of government. He welcomed the move of the state government proposal for installation of Shivaji Ganesan statue. He also said that his party was in favor of reservations for OBCs, and SC/STs.

Jayalalitha blasts the DMK government

Jayalalitha participated in the assembly proceedings today, a day after most of the ADMK MLAs were suspended from the session. Jayalalitha wasted no time in attacking the DMK government's promise of providing two acres of land to the landless poor. She alleged that there wasn't enough wasteland land available with the government to implement this promise. Chief Minister Karunanidhi intervened to clarify that the wasteland also included private land belonging to the poor and that the government would convert this into cultivatable land and will be given back to the poor. Similarly, Jayalalitha also attacked the DMK government's promise of waiver of agricultural loans. Jayalalitha left immediately after wrapping up her share of questions.

Earlier in the day, Jayalalitha was met by ADMK MLAs outside the assembly. Security was also tightened today at the assembly. It remains unclear if Jayalalitha would take any further part in the assembly proceedings in the days to come, but she certainly scored a few points today by her brave attempt of single-handedly taking on the ruling party in floor of the assembly.

Jayalalitha to attend assembly on Saturday

Former Chief Minister Jayalalitha who earlier made it clear that she would only attend the assembly session only if needed, announced that she would attend the assembly session tomorrow to voice her concern on the “murder of democracy” committed by the ruling DMK and Congress MLAs by preventing the ADMK members from taking part in the proceeding of the session. Talking to the reports, Jayalalitha said that the speaker acted in an improper manner by ordering the eviction of the ADMK members and later suspending them from rest of the session.

A Normal day?

What was supposed to be the first normal day of the new assembly was anything but normal. Today the assembly session witnessed unruly scenes when Congress and ADMK members were engaged in angry exchanges during the motion of thanks to the Governor's address. Speaking during this motion, Congress MLA Peter Alphonse remarked that the previous ADMK government didn't properly utilize the funds meant for the desalination project allocated by the Centre. The ADMK members were soon on their feet rebutting the charges to which Peter Aphonse sarcastically remarked that some former minister of the ADMK were still under the delusion that they were ministers of the state. This resulted in heated exchanges between the Congress and ADMK MLAs, mikes and foot wear were thrown at each other. Soon other party members got involved and resulted in chaos and confusion. Speaker Avudaiappan ordered the eviction of the ADMK MLAs. Later he suspended them from rest of the session.

No more special honour for VIPs in temples

With a view to maintain equality among the devotees irrespective of their social status, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Thursday announced that the practice of according special honours to VIPs who visit temples would be done away with immediately.

‘‘This is done as a mark of respect for P T R Palanivel Rajan, who had held the HR & CE portfolio’’ Karunanidhi announced in the state Assembly.

Palanivel Rajan who died recently, made the recommendation when he was the chairman of the Estimates Committee of the State Assembly in 1972, Karunanidhi recalled.

Speaking on a resolution condoling the death of Palanivel Rajan in the House, the Chief Minister said despite the fact that Rajan was a staunch devotee of Goddess Meenakshi, he was very particular that equality prevailed among devotees in temples.

Karunanidhi said during his tenure as the Chief Minister three decades ago, he had implemented the recommendation of Palanivel Rajan in temples stopping special honours for VIPs like offering Parivattam (presenting sacred clothe offered to the presiding deity)…

Source: New Indian Express

Puthiya Tamizhagam to merge with BSP?

Puthiya Tamizhagam leader K Krishnasamy said yesterday that his party was considering a proposal to merge with the BSP. He said this was to consolidate all the Dalit parties under one umbrella. Krishnasamy's Puthiya Tamizhagam has been isolated by both the DMK and ADMK in the recently concluded assembly election. So merging with the BSP under Mayawati's leadership will provide the much needed money and volunteers for Krishnasamy to survive politically in the state.