Congress won’t fulfil regional aspirations: Narendra Modi

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: March 07, 2019 18:00 IST
Congress won’t fulfil regional aspirations: Narendra Modi

BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the campaign of the AIADMK-led front for the Lok Sabha election in Tamil Nadu by focussing on the theme of the need to fulfil regional aspirations and accusing the Congress of being guided by the culture of “high command and family first.”
Addressing a public meeting in Kilambakkam on the outskirts of Chennai, Mr. Modi, who earlier inaugurated a slew of infrastructure projects in the State, said support to the Congress and its allies meant “decisions will be taken, [by] sitting in air-conditioned rooms in Delhi and not in villages of Tamil Nadu.”
Pointing out that “India is a diverse nation,” he emphasised that the country would never progress “till regional aspirations are met.”
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which now included the AIADMK and several other parties of Tamil Nadu, was “best placed” to take care of requirements, as “our decisions are not taken by the high command in Delhi.”
He contended that the Congress had been humiliating “strong regional leaders.”
People of the State would “never forget how one family insulted [former Chief Minister] K. Kamaraj” for having spoken for the people and democracy. “He challenged corrupt and dictator-like practices of one family.”
Recalling that the Congress, when in power at the Centre, had used Article 356 “many, many times” to dismiss duly-elected State governments, of which former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had removed “50 governments,” he pointed out how the AIADMK Ministry, led by M.G. Ramachandran, was dismissed [in 1980] and the DMK government [in 1976]. Alluding to the decision of the DMK to align itself with the Congress, he said that for the Dravidian party, “opportunism prevails values.”
Chief Minister and AIADMK co-coordinator Edappadi K. Palaniswami praised Mr. Modi for being the only effective leader who could ensure security of the country in the face of attacks of terrorism and challenges being created by other countries. Deputy Chief Minister and the AIADMK coordinator, O. Panneerselvam, said the NDA government at the Centre had been protecting interests of minorities and his party would continue to remain custodian of the minorities. Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss presented a charter of demands to Mr Modi and wanted languages listed in the Eight Schedule of the Constitution to be made official languages of the Union government.
Notwithstanding Mr Modi’s attack on the Congress, the absence of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) turned out to be the talking point. There were expectations on the part of the AIADMK and allies that the DMDK would eventually join the front by having its nominee sent to the meeting. On the Chennai-Tiruchi National Highway leading to the venue of the meeting, flags of constituents were hoisted on the medians and either side of the highway, the flag of the DMDK could also be spotted. For some time, even the photograph of the DMDK’s founder, Vijayakant was reported to have been displayed at the meeting venue. But, till the end of the meeting, the DMDK did not send its representative. Also, the Tamil Maanila Congress (Moopanar), which was also expected to join the front, also did not make it to the meeting.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: April 22, 2020 14:41 IST
After Tamilnadu and Mumbai, journalists in Telangana affected with COVID-19; more details inside

Amidst the chaos caused by COVID-19, Government and the public are taking necessary precautions to control the malicious spread of the virus. But still, the virus seems to spread because of minor negligence and carelessness of some. The journalists are the essential social workers, who are carrying the duty of reporting the news to the public. Unfortunately, even journalists are getting affected by the virus. A few cases in the state of Tamil Nadu and Mumbai panicked everyone. A recent report states that a Telugu journalist has also been affected by this virus and has tested positive for COVID-19.
Mehboobnagar NTV staff reporter Ahmad Pasha, Cameraman Srinivas, and T-News staff reporter Naresh have tested positive. They have been moved to the isolation chambers at Mehboobnagar Government Hospital. Along with them are Prime 9 News staff reporter Shankar (Kotthapet), AP 24/7 staff reporter Harishankar (Gadwal).
While investigating their cause, it seems that they've got infected from Gadwal MLA Krishna Mohan Reddy. The MLA participated in the cremation ritual of his brother. MLA's brother passed away because of COVID-19. It looks like they've met him for consolation and had lunch with him. This has been recognized as the cause and it looks like each one of them went back to their homes after their lunch. Doctors and authorities are processing tests for their families too. The affected have moved them into isolation. They've alerted all the media personalities and channels to proceed with proper safety measures. The journalists are also under a keen watch now. They are taking strict measures.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: March 23, 2020 17:25 IST
FEFSI Union Head RK Selvamani requests actors and actress to lend a helping hand

With the rise in the number of positive coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu, the state government has imposed a lockdown. The lockdown has had a huge impact on the film industry. The Union Head of the Film Employees Federation of South India has released a statement. In the statement, the union head reveals the dire state of the union workers.

He says the virus has disturbed the nation and society. It has crippled the workers and technicians from being able to earn a living. The union has over 25,000 members and nearly 10,000 of them are daily wage workers. With the shutting of film shoots, they lost their source of income.
Selvamani cites the example of a lightman who is unable to met day to day expenses. Selvamani urges the film fraternity to come forward and help the union in this time of crisis.
Selvamani has requested his fellow film industry colleagues, especially those who are doing well to support their needy industry mates. He has stated that if they were to help each family to get a pack of rice, it will cost them about 2 crore rupees. He has urged the film fraternity to help the families of workers without whom they the production of films will be impossible.
Actors such as Suriya, Karthi, Roshan and Manobala have come forward to help.
Also, Read COVID-19: Actors Suriya and Karthi donate to FEFSI Workers

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: March 13, 2020 19:29 IST
Super Star Rajinikanth's strategy going to fail?

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth said today that there should be more space for young people - those under the age of 45 - in politics. The 69-year-old superstar, whose entry into electoral politics is keenly anticipated ahead of Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu next year, also played down talk of chief ministership, saying he had "never imagined me as Chief Minister" and "only want(ed) change".

We need a good leader. A good leader is someone who creates leaders. It is selflessness that drives me. I want a movement and a wave to come up. I believe there will be a wave to fill the leadership wave created by the death of Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi," he said. I have decided to be the party head, Rajinikanth said. "My proposal includes appointing educated and compassionate youngster as chief minister," he said. If he made the plunge, he said, he will encourage retired bureaucrats, judges and IPS and IAS officers would enter politics. He also called for a clear division between party and government.
Who will be the chief minister? Rajinikanth named no names at the Chennai event where his political vision outlined. But the veteran actor said he would pick a responsible, self-respecting person. After hearing this, we can recollect these words from someone from Telangana. Yes. During the Telangana movement, KCR announced that apart from him, he will make some other person as CM. Rajini's words are quite similar to KCR. Sources say that, as KCR failed to keep his promise, Rajini also might fail. If he really wants to see a change, it's a good thought of making someone else as CM. But if not? People will not believe Rajini anymore.