Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Short session only a formality: DMDK

Chennai: Irked over the short duration of the winter session of the Assembly, DMDK legislators led by their chief Vijayakanth, who is also Leader of the Opposition, will decide about participating in the session on Thursday morning.

DMDK whip V.C. Chandrakumar told DC that the Captain had convened the party MLAs meeting at the party headquarters in Koyambedu at 9 am to hear the views of the party legislators on taking part in the three-day-long session.

"We asked them to hold the session for 10 days. When they did not agree, we asked them to hold it for a week, if not, at least five days. None of our requests was considered. Hence, we registered our protest at the meeting even as DMK members staged a walkout," he said.

Pointing out that there was no scope to debate any of the burning issues, like construction of a dam across the Cauvery by the Karnataka government and the Mullaiperiyar issue, he said that the opportunity to debate issues was available only on one day (December 8).

"The short sessions appear only a formality. There is no opportunity to discuss several issues. A decision will be taken on whether to participate or not at a meeting to be chaired by party president Vijayakanth," he said.

DMDK president Vijayakanth who criticised the government's failure to check the deaths

Two more infants, shifted from Dharmapuri Government Hospital to Salem, died on Wednesday pushing the toll of toddlers to 13, as the opposition parties called for a probe in the incident.

Of the four babies shifted from Dharmapuri on November 17 to Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital in Salem for want of beds, two died today, its Dean C Mohan said.

"Two of the four infants who were admitted here from government Dharmapuri hospital died today. The underweight babies were suffering from respiratory problems," he said.

With death toll mounting, the DMK and BJP slammed Chief Minister O Panneerselvam-led government and demanded immediate measures to save the ailing children.

DMK Chief Karunanidhi accused the AIADMK of waking up to the situation "late" and rejected arguments by Panneerselvam that the children had died of natural causes and there was no medical negligence.

"The government has intervened in this matter after so many deaths and Chief Minister O Panneeselvam is trying to shield the government by claiming that there was no lapse in medical attention," Karunanidhi charged.

Tamil Nadu unit BJP President Tamilisai Soundararjan demanded that government bring out a white paper on the issue. "We cannot accept the claim of Chief Minister that the deaths were due to natural causes. This cannot be brushed aside," Tamilisai said.

DMDK president Vijayakanth who criticised the government's failure to check the deaths, said the incident also exposed the fact that pregnant women were not provided enough nutrition that resulted in low birth weight of infants.

Dharmapuri MP and former Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss today visited the hospital, discussed the situation with doctors while his father PMK Chief Ramadoss alleged that the hospital did not have adequate number of doctors.

Meanwhile, Dean of Dharmapuri Hospital Dr Narayana Babu told PTI that "all the four infants who were on ventilator and incubator support are progressing and responding to treatment."

"Infants continue to be admitted in wards and other units like neonatal and paediatric," he said, adding that parents were confident of the best services in the hospital.

Inspections by neonatal expert Dr S Srinivasan and Director of Medical Education, Dr S Geetha Lakshmi continued today as well. Top health officials said, "government is providing the best treatment" and that the issue was being "blown out of proportion" by politicians without "understanding the basic medical management issues and science behind it."

Monday, March 28, 2011

EC temporarily allots drum symbol to DMDK for the upcoming polls

TNN | Mar 25, 2011
CHENNAI: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has temporarily allowed actor Vijayakanth's Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam to retain its nagara' (drum) symbol for the forthcoming assembly elections. The Supreme Court had recently rejected petitions filed by various unrecognised political parties, including the DMDK, seeking common symbols to contest the polls.

Meanwhile, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has ordered issue of notice to the Election Commission based on a petition filed by a Tiruppur-based garments manufacturer who claimed that 'beating drum' was the symbol of his brand of garments and that it should not be given to any political party. He claimed that he had obtained copyright for the symbol in 2009.

An EC order on Friday said it decided to make an interim arrangement to allot symbols to various registered unrecognised parties solely for the ensuing elections in four states. However, EC has allotted symbols only to those parties that have fielded a minimum number of candidates. Parties should field candidates in at least 10 per cent of the total number of assembly constituencies in each state.

If any of the parties failed to field their candidates from the constituencies intimated by them to the commission or did not meet the minimum number of contestants, then they cannot contest using their allotted symbol, the order said.

The EC said that in order to avoid confusion in the allotment of symbols, the chief electoral officer of each state shall interact and coordinate with the returning officers and get information about the candidates set up by the unrecognised parties. The information will be collected after March 26, the last date for submitting nominations.

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), an ally of DMK, got candles' instead of its star' symbol as the party will be contesting only in ten seats.

Vadivelu's slanderous speech

Mar 28, 2011
Vadivelu is actively involved in campaigning for the DMK and began his campaign in Thiruvaroor on March 23rd in the presence of the DMK Chief M Karunanidhi. During this election meeting, he made some slanderous remarks about the DMDK Chief Vijayakanth and this was telecasted in some private television channels.

This provoked the DMDK functionary Dileep Kumar to file a complaint with the Election Commission. Taking action on this complaint, the EC has ordered the Thiruvaroor police to file a complaint against Vadivelu for defaming Vijayakanth’s image and to take necessary action.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Arunpandian to get DMDK seat?

IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, March 15, 2011]

With Assembly elections nearing, the bond between Kollywood and Tamil Nadu politics is getting stronger. Buzz is that a couple of popular faces will get tickets from Vijayakanth’s DMDK to contest the polls.

It is said that actor-producer Arunpandian and producer Michael Rayappan will be fielded by the Captain’s party in the April 13 elections, as both are very close to the DMDK supremo, who himself is a popular actor.

“But Vijayakanth is yet to take a final decision. Everything will be made clear in a day or two when the candidates list is out,” a highly placed source in the DMDK headquarters at Koyambedu tells us.

While Michael Rayappan, the producer of films like ‘Naadodigal’ and ‘Goripalayam’ is an important office-bearer of the DMDK, Arunpandian is a longtime friend and close associate of Vijayakanth.

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