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After several false alarms EPS and OPS announce AIADMK merger, party chief Sasikala’s fate sealed



Palaniswami and Panneerselvam

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Once fighting for Jayalalithaa’s legacy, AIADMK (Amma) faction led by chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Puratchi Thalaivi Amma camp of O Panneerselvam unite, likely to convene party’s general body meet soon to expel Amma’s close-aide and jailed AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala

Six months after he was forced to step down as chief minister of Tamil Nadu, O Panneerselvam – who had during the late AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa’s lifetime been her choice to ‘act’ as the state’s top executive on three occasions – returned as deputy chief minister of the state, to serve under Edappadi Palaniswami, who not so long ago was a minister in the OPS cabinet.

After many a twist in the AIADMK saga, the inevitable – though once unthinkable – happened on Monday. Smiling, shaking hands and hugging each other, EPS (Palaniswami) and OPS (Panneerselvam) announced the much anticipated merger of their respective AIADMK factions while their confidantes indicated that Jayalalithaa’s closest aide and jailed party general secretary Sasikala will soon be expelled from her post, and from the party.

Palaniswami, who had succeeded Panneerselvam as Tamil Nadu chief minister after Sasikala’s conviction and four-year jail term ordered by the Supreme Court earlier this year in a disproportionate assets case ensured that she could not hold the office herself, not only accepted his rival to be his deputy but also agreed to make him the ‘chief coordinator’ of the now-united AIADMK and serve as his deputy in the organisation.

“The burden in my heart is gone,” Panneerselvam said after the merger was announced, adding “none can separate us, we are all children of Amma (late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa)… We had a slight difference of opinion and have now come together in the interest of the party. The unification is in deference to the wishes of lakhs of supporters and cadres of the party.”

On part, Palaswami too made conciliatory remarks, saying: “MGR (MG Ramachandran, AIADMK founder) and Amma will be very happy today as we have both united. In six months, we suffered many problems. We will overcome.”

That the EPS and OPS factions will eventually unite had been evident for some time now. The signs had come a few months back when EPS agreed to expel Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran from the post of AIADMK deputy secretary general. Then last week, came the clincher – EPS announced a probe into Amma’s death and that her Veda Nilayam residence in Chennai’s Poes Garden locality will be turned into a museum dedicated to her life and career.

With these announcements EPS had accepted two of Panneerselvam’s three key conditions for a merger. And on Friday evening, it was believed that the merger would be announced and Amma’s memorial at Chennai’s Marina beach had even been decked up for the grand proclamation. But then it was the third condition of the OPS faction that delayed the inevitable – his demand that Palaniswami make a public announcement of Sasikala’s ouster from the AIADMK general secretary post and from the party too.

On Monday too, the merger was almost called off when EPS continued to dither on his commitment for the third condition. But then, perhaps political expediency prevailed. EPS turned on the woman who had chosen him to succeed Panneerselvam as chief minister and threatened the AIADMK’s existence – the factional feuds had forced the Election Commission to suspend the party’s ‘two-leaves’ poll symbol – and accepted the final condition.

It is believed that the BJP and a key RSS ideologue had a role to play in convincing EPS to get OPS back into the fold. Had it not been for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with chief ministers of all BJP-ruled states, BJP national president Amit Shah would perhaps have been in Chennai by Tuesday to even meet the united AIADMK leadership.

The Prime Minister was quick to respond to the development in the southern state in which his party has been aching to make in-roads in. Modi, of course, shared a great personal rapport with Amma and the AIADMK had on several crucial occasions come to his government’s rescue in Parliament when Opposition unity threatened to stall its legislative agenda.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]Though unconfirmed as yet, the corridors of power in New Delhi are abuzz with speculation that the AIADMK may now formally join the NDA and with a cabinet reshuffle expected later this month, could even get ministerial berths in Modi’s council.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1503324759277{margin-bottom: 20px !important;border-top-width: 20px !important;padding-top: 20px !important;background-color: #a2b1bf !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Sasikala Video grab

Sasikala ‘on the prowl’

Interestingly, the delay in the merger – which Panneerselvam had, on Saturday, indicated would happen “in a day or two” – coincides with an ‘éxpose’ carried out by The Hindu in which a video recording purportedly made at the Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara Central Prison showed Sasikala and her kin Ilavarasi walking into the jail carrying a bag.

The video is being used as ‘evidence’ to allege that Sasikala – who is serving a four year sentence at the jail since her conviction in a disproportionate assets case – was being given special privileges by the prison authorities and possibly was allowed to step in and out of jail too. The video footage, claims The Hindu, was submitted to the Karnataka police’s anti-corruption bureau (ACB), on Saturday, by former DIG of Prisons D Roopa, who blew the lid off the special treatment meted out to prisoners, including Sasikala, at the Agrahara Central Jail.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Meanwhile, TTV Dhinakaran – who leads a third faction of the AIADMK which continues to swear its allegiance to Sasikala despite the political turnaround in Amma’s party – has been left in the lurch. He is said to have support of at least 17 AIADMK legislators – with whom he even convened a meeting before the merger announcement – and could force a no-trust vote against the Palaniswami government if he isn’t won over.

It is perhaps the clout of Sasikala, Dhinakaran and the Mannargudi mafia (as Sasikala’s family is addressed in Tamil Nadu’s political circles) on the AIADMK cadres that forced EPS and OPS to delay the announcement of her expulsion from the party.

However, both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam are aware that a petition challenging Sasikala’s appointment as AIADMK chief is pending with the Election Commission and she could soon be in for an adverse verdict. If this happens, Palaniswami will be saved from publicly ditching Sasikala.

AIADMK sources say that the EPS and OPS camps may soon call a general council meeting of the party and announce that Amma – though no more – will continue to be named as the party’s general secretary and with the officiating bosses being the Chief Coordinator (Panneerselvam) and the newly-appointed three deputy coordinators (EPS, V Maithreyan and KP Munusamy).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia refute rumours of withdrawal of protest

Both Malik and Punia denied the news of withdrawing from the protest, they termed it as rumours and also urged people not to spread false news.



Sakshi And Bajrang

Olympians Sakshee Malik and Bharang Punia said today, they will keep fighting for justice and that no wrestler has given up and will not give upon protest.

Both Malik and Punia denied the news of withdrawing from the protest, they termed it as rumours and also urged people not to spread false news. We have resumed our responsibilities in Railways, but we are also working on our plan, Sakshee said.

The wrestlers also met with Home Minister Amit Shah late on Saturday night to ask him to conduct a fair investigation into allegations of sexual harassment made against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh by seven female wrestlers, which also includes a minor.

It’s been learned that Amit Shah assured the wrestlers that the law still applies to everyone equally. He reportedly said to the wrestlers, let the law take its course.

The wrestlers announced they were going to submerge their medals in the Ganga river in Haridwar last month. They claim that their complaint against the head of the wrestling federation has been largely ignored.

However, they temporarily halted their plan as farmer leader Naresh Tikait intervened.

Earlier on May 28 march, some protesters were taken into custody. The country was shocked and outraged when images of champions Vinesh Phogat and her cousin Sangeeta Phogat being detained by the police surfaced.

The Delhi Police announced that they would not be permitted to stage a protest at India Gate after the wrestlers were denied access to the Jantar Mantar protest location following the crackdown.

Meanwhile, Sakshee Malik’s husband, wrestler Satyawart Kadian, also joined her and said, neither we have made a concession nor will we back down. All of it is false, and we won’t end our protest. He added we shall continue seeking justice while remaining strong. To weaken us, false information is being broadcast. The entire country is against the Delhi Police.

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Varanasi Court sentences life imprisonment to gangster Mukhtar Ansari in Awadhesh Rai murder case

Almost 60 criminal cases of land grabbing, murder and extortion are registered against him. His name was first come into notice when he murdered the local contractor Sachchidanand Rai in 1988 and he never stopped after his first murder.




Mukhtar Ansari who is currently serving 10 years jail term in a kidnapping and murder case has been convicted by the Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi Court in connection with the 1991 Awadhesh Rai murder case. Special Judge Avneesh Gautam convicted him today after a hearing in a case concluded on may 19. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment and also a fine of Rs 1 lakh has been imposed upon him. On August 3, 1991, Congress leader and brother of Former MLA Ajay Rai, Awadesh Rai was gun downed in a broad day light in front of Ajay Rai’s house in Varanasi. In this case Ajay Rai named Mukhtar Ansari, Bhim Singh, former MLA Abdul Kalim, Kamlesh Singh, and Rakesh in the FIR.

In june 2022, the original case diary went missing during the hearing of the case. Officials’ could not find the missing diary despite best effort from Varanasi to Prayagraj. Police had to register a case against Mukhtar Ansari for the same and accused him of destroying evidence through his influence.

Mukhtar Ansari is a dangerous gangster-turned-politician in the Uttar Pradesh; he has been an MLA for five consecutive terms from the Mau Sadar assembly seat. In 2022, Uttar Pradesh Assembly election his seat was won by his son Abbas Ansari from the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party since he did not fight the election.

Almost 60 criminal cases of land grabbing, murder and extortion are registered against him. His name was first come into notice when he murdered the local contractor Sachchidanand Rai in 1988 and he never stopped after his first murder.  

In Uttar Pradesh’s most sensational political murder history, he killed BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai with an AK-47 rifle in November 2005. It is believed that 400 bullet shells were reportedly recovered from the spot.  

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HDFC Bank manager abuses, howls at employees over incomplete account targets

Toxic work culture is a pervasive and serious issue in India. Many Indian workplaces are marked by a high-pressure, competitive environment that can be emotionally and psychologically draining for employees.



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Recently, Soumi Chakraborty shared a video on LinkedIn which gives us the perfect example of a toxic work environment. HDFC bank’s Senior VP Pushpal Roy, is seen engaging in various inappropriate behaviours, including verbal abuse, public humiliation, and the misuse of authority.

In this video, we can clearly notice that the manager is screaming at his employees in Bengali.

After the release of this video, it has gained lot of attention on social media platforms and people are also raising concerns about the toxic work cultures and few people also demanded an immediate action towards his unethical behaviour.
In response to the incident, HDFC Bank informed that they have suspended the employee and they have also initiated an investigation based on a preliminary inquiry.
In their statement, the bank emphasised on its zero-tolerance policy towards harassment or misconduct in the workplace and they beleive in treating all employees with dignity and respect.

“This bears reference to a recent social media report. Basis a preliminary enquiry in the matter, the concerned employee has been suspended and an investigation initiated to gather all relevant facts. We at HDFC Bank have a zero tolerance policy for any form of harassment or misconduct at the workplace and firmly believe in treating all our employees with dignity and respect,” the bank statement read.

Toxic work culture is a pervasive and serious issue in India. Many Indian workplaces are marked by a high-pressure, competitive environment that can be emotionally and psychologically draining for employees.

Some common features of toxic work cultures in India include long hours, lack of work-life balance, a hierarchical structure that discourages dissent and innovation, micromanagement, and an excessive focus on individual performance over teamwork.
Workplace discrimination based on gender and caste is also prevalent in many Indian organizations. Harassment, including sexual harassment, is also a major problem, and many companies fail to address such issues properly.

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