QChennai: AIADMK Party Meets as EPS-OPS Friction Escalates & More
1. As EPS-OPS Friction Escalates, AIADMK Feels the Heat
The AIADMK district secretary meeting on Wednesday, 12 June, sent a clear message to the party functionaries: keep calm and carry on. Supporters of both Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam have raised the ‘Single Leader’ chorus, and have already put up a number of posters (illegally) in support of their chosen leaders. Is the party heading for a split?
The spark of the ‘Single Leader’ chorus, that has now necessitated a party-wide fire-fight, was struck by the 70-year-old MLA from Madurai, V V Rajan Chellappa. “The party needs a ‘single leadership’ devoid of any motivation to take care of one’s ‘family’. Right now while we have two heads, we do not know who has the power,” V V Rajan Chellappa, MLA (Madurai North), said.
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2. Crazy Mohan’s Brother Maadhu Balaji Dispels Rumours Surrounding Actor’s Death
Soon after the death of actor and scriptwriter Mohan Rangachari, popularly known as ‘Crazy’ Mohan, on 10 June following an acute heart attack, rumours began to do the rounds. Kauvery Hospital confirmed that he could not be revived with a defibrillator, and he was declared dead at 2 pm.
However, a Twitter user said that he had first been taken to Chennai’s Meenakshi Mission a day prior to his death for heartburn, and further claimed that he was sent back without an ECG being taken. Maadhu Balaji, Crazy Mohan’s brother, published a video saying, “The reason to upload this now is because all of us are in a state of extreme grief and shock because he didn’t die out of any disease or undergo any difficulty before he passed away. This demise was very, very sudden. It was a rude shock for us.”
(Source: The News Minute)
3. Director PA Ranjith Files for Anticipatory Bail
Movie director Pa Ranjith on Wednesday moved the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court seeking anticipatory bail in the case registered against him for his speech deriding Raja Raja Chola as a king whose rule was a dark time for the oppressed people. The court is likely to take up the petition shortly.
The police at Thiruppanandal near Kumbakonam had on Tuesday registered a case under IPC 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 153 (A) (1) (a) (promoting enmity between different groups) following a complaint from Ka Bala, former Thanjavur district secretary of the Hindu Makkal Katchi.
(Source: Deccan Chronicle)
4. Woman Booked for Social Media Harassment
A 38-year old woman was remanded on Wednesday after she was booked under the POCSO Act for allegedly harassing a minor girl on social media, in 2018. According to the special public prosecutor, L Srilekha of the District Mahila court, the accused, M Vishwadarshini had absconded after a case was filed under Section 12 of the POCSO Act and Section 67 of the IT Act at Royapettah All Women Police Station.
Vishwadarshini is alleged to have harassed the girl on social media using vulgar words, resulting in the 16-year-old first approaching the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, on 14 November 2018.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
5. Metrowater Roping in Smaller Vehicles to Cut down Delay
The wait for a tanker load of water supplied by Chennai Metrowater has got longer up to a month in some areas of the city. In a bid to address acute water shortage in the city, Metrowater is hiring vehicles with lesser carrying capacity to transport water and cut down on delay.
The scramble for water has worsened in the past one month as water resources and borewells are going dry. Metrowater plans to add 300 more vehicles to its fleet of tankers to supply water to the drought-hit city. Officials of the Metrowater said vehicles with capacity to carry 2,000 litres and 3,000 litres of water would be added to the fleet in one week.
(Source: The Hindu)