QChennai: BJP Kickstarts Campaign in TN; DMDK Alliance Undecided
Here is your roundup of the top stories from Chennai.
1. ‘Opposition Has a Competition – Who Will Abuse Modi Most?’ Says PM
While speaking at a rally in Chennai – that formally kick-started the National Democratic Alliance’s Lok Sabha election campaign on Wednesday, 6 March – the prime minister took a jibe at the Opposition. The public meeting was held in the presence of leaders of all alliance partners.
At the event, Narendra Modi announced that the landmark Chennai Central Station will be renamed ‘after the great MGR’. Speaking at the event, Modi promised that the Centre is making continuous efforts towards the development of Tamil Nadu. “We are committed to creating a developed Tamil Nadu that Amma Jayalalithaa dreamt of,” he said.
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2. BJP, AIADMK Throw Heavy Hints at A DMDK Alliance
DMK leader Duraimurugan said DMDK leader LK Sudhish had approached him for electoral alliance with his party for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Duraimurugan said Sudhish told him that the DMDK, led by actor Vijayakanth, will come away from Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK and ally with his party.
He, however, said that the DMDK leader had approached him at the last moment and his party had no seats to be shared with the DMDK. Even as the DMDK was holding talks with the AIADMK here, some of its leaders had approached Duraimurugan for an alliance.
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3. 'Am I Carrying a Bomb': Indigo Offloads Kerala Man over Remark at Chennai Airport
Amid tensions between India and Pakistan and a high-security alert for all airports and airlines in the country, domestic IndiGo airlines offloaded a passenger after he protested the tightened security and mentioned the word "bomb" to airline staff. "Am I carrying a bomb in my bag?" the passenger identified as Alex Mathew resident of Pathanamthitta, Kerala reportedly told the airline staff at Chennai Airport on Tuesday.
Immediately after the incident, a Quick Response Team, Dog Squad and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad reached the spot and carried out an inspection of the passenger's luggage. The call was declared as 'Non-Specific' after nothing suspicious was found.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
4. Coimbatore Man Held for Fake Bomb Threat at Jayalalithaa and Rajinikanth’s House
A man from Coimbatore was arrested on Tuesday after making phone calls with bomb threats and claiming that the bombs had been placed at the residences of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha and actor Rajinikanth in Poes Garden, Chennai.
The bomb squad was immediately dispersed to Poes Garden. After a thorough search of the premises, the officials deemed the phone call to be a hoax. Upon tracing the call, the police identified the accused as Mohamed Ali, who hails from Coimbatore. Mohamed has been arrested and detained by police.
(Source: The News Minute)
5. CCTV Firm Takes Chennai Police for a Ride
A private firm allegedly took Rs 2.69 crore for installing closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at 40 junctions for crime prevention and traffic management in Chennai in 2011 and failed to install even a single device. The funds were meant to be released in a phased manner based on the progress of work. But 90% of the total budget allocated by the State government has already been disbursed.
The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Chennai police has registered a case against Lookman Electroplast Industries Ltd under Section 406 (Criminal breach of trust) and 420 (Cheating) based on a complaint lodged by the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic.
(Source: The Hindu)
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