Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Congress, DMK identify constituencies - List of Congress Constituencies in Tamilnadu

Union Minister for Fertilizers M K Azhagiri and TNCC President K V Thankgabalu at Anna Arivalayam in Chennai. A file photo: K.V. SrinivasanAfter protracted negotiations and hard bargaining, the Congress and DMK today reached an agreement on the constituencies they would contest for the April 13 assembly polls.
The Congress has been allotted five seats in Chennai, a DMK bastion, out of the 63 earmarked for it under the seat-sharing deal. In the last elections, Congress was allotted 48 seats.
In the 2006 polls, the congress did not win even a single seat out of the three it contested in Chennai.
Today’s agreement comes after week-long intense negotiations between the Congress and DMK which had also struggled hard to clinch a seat—sharing deal.
Under the pact, DMK will contest 121 seats, PMK 30, Viduthlalai Chiruthaigal Katchi 10, Kongu Nadu Munnetra Kazhagam 7, IUML two and Moovender Munetra Kazhagam one, the last two seeking election on the DMK symbol.
Unlike in the past, the Congress maintained a tough posture during the negotiations on seat—sharing and identification of constituencies.
Following are the constituencies: 1.Tiruttani, 2.Poonamallee, 3. Avadi, 4. T V Ka Nagar, 5.Royapuram, 6. Anna Nagar, 7. T Nagar, 8. Mylapore, 9. Alandur, 10. Tirupathur, 11. Madurantakam, 12. Sholingar 13. Vellore, 14. Ambur, 15. Krishnagiri, 16. Hosur, 17. Sengam 18. Kalasapakkam, 19. Cheyyar, 20. Rishivandhiyam 21. Aathur, 22. Salem North, 23. Tiruchengodu, 24. Erode west, 25.Modakuricchi, 26. Kangeyam, 27. Ooty 28. Avinashi, 29. Tirupur south, 30. Thondamuthur, 31. Singanallur, 32. Valparai, 33.Nilakottai, 34. Vedasenthur, 35. Karur, 36. Manaparai, 37. Musiri, 38. Ariyalur, 39. Virudhachalam , 40.Mayiladuthurai, 41.Tiruthuraipoondi 42.Papanasam, 43.Pattukootai, 44.Peravurani, 45.Thirumayam 46.Aranthangi, 47.Karaikudi 48. Sivaganga, 49. Madurai North, 50. Madurai South, 51. Tiruparankundram , 52.Virudhunagar, 53.Paramakudi, 54. Ramanathapuram, 55. Vilathikulam, 56. Thiruvaikundam, 57. Vasudevanallur, 58. Kadayanallur 59. Nanguneri, 60. Radhapuram, 61. Colachal, 62. Vilavangodu and 63.Killiyur

Congress hints at power sharing in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, March 15 : Tamil Nadu Congress president K.V. Thangkabalu Tuesday hinted his party might want a share in power if the ruling DMK-led alliance wins the coming assembly elections.

After releasing the list of 63 constituencies where the Congress would contest, he said: "The DMK-led alliance is a formidable force and it would win the elections.

"(DMK chief M.) Karunanidhi will become the chief minister again. Once the alliance wins, the aspirations of the Congress workers would be met."

Thangkabalu declined to say whether that comment meant the Congress would want a share in the government although party activists in Tamil Nadu have always felt that way.

The Congress has supported the DMK government since 2006.

As per the list of constituencies, the Congress would have its candidates across the state except in two districts - Dharmapuri and Theni.

According to him, these two districts are allotted to alliance partners. The party has got most of the constituencies it had sought.

The Congress will start accepting applications from aspiring candidates from Wednesday.

"The application fee for a general constituency is Rs.5,000 and for a reserved constituency Rs.2,500. The fee for women aspirants is Rs.2,500," he said.

The final seat line-up for the DMK-led alliance: DMK 120 seats, Congress 63, PMK 30, KMK 7, MMK 1, VCK 10, IUML 2 and a Nadar party (1).

DMK finalises process of identifying seats allotted to Congress

Chennai, Mar 15 : After intense talks, lasting for several rounds, the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu finalised the process of identifying 63 seats allotted to its principal ally, Congress, while problems persisted in the opposition AIADMK camp.
After the final round of talks this morning at DMK headquarters, Anna Arivalayam, the DMK poll panel, led by Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin and Congress panel, led by TNCC President K V Thangkabalu finalised the process.

The two parties held as many as five rounds of talks, before reaching an understanding. Problems persisted over three seats with all the four parties, the DMK, Congress, PMK and VCK staking claim for them, but the issue was amicably resolved this morning.

The Congress has been allotted most of its sitting seats, besides five seats in the city, including Anna Nagar, T Nagar, Royapuram, Mylapore and Alandur and 12 Reserved seats.

DMK President and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and Mr Thangkabalu signed the agreement, setting the stage for announcing candidates and filing of nomination papers, which begins on March 19.

The DMK President is expected to release the list of DMK seats and seats allotted to the alliance parties, including PMK and VCK this evening. The DMK had already announced that it would release the list of candidates tomorrow evening.

The DMK, which is contesting in 120 seats, has allotted 63 seats to the Congress, 30 to PMK, ten to VCK, seven to Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhagam and four seats to other minor allies.

Dinakaran attack case: High Court condones delay in filing appeal by CBI

Madurai, Mar 15: The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court (HC) today condoned the delay made by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in filing an appeal against a lower court judgement acquitting 17 people, including a police officer, in Tamil daily 'Dinakaran' office attack case.

A Division Bench, comprising Justices S Rajeswaran and Justice G M Akbar Ali directed the High Court Registry to take the main appeal on file and post it for hearing on March 22 next while allowing the condone delay petition of the CBI, which was pending since July last year.

The judges accepted the explanation offered by CBI counsel S Rozario Sundararaj in making a delay of 118 days that was caused owing to time taken in obtaining approval from the Centre.

In an affidavit filed along with the appeal, the CBI said the trial court should have considered the evidentiary value of prosecution witness one (the Newspaper’s employee, whose complaint led to the registration of the First Information Report by the police).

Since, he has turned hostile, his deposition cannot be discarded in entirety. The trial court should have elicited the truth from the portion of his evidence. The CBI also claimed that there was no need to conduct an identification parade in the present case, as the video footage of the incident was constantly aired on various Television channels and the photographs too were published in many newspapers.

Fourteen year old Chennai girl becomes world's youngest CEO

Chennai, Mar 15 : Sindhuja Rajaraman, a 14-year old girl has become the world''s youngest Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The ninth standard student became the head of Seppan Company, an animation firm, in October 2010, set up by her father.

She was adjudged the fastest 2D and 3D animator by software lobby NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) at the Gaming and Animation Conclave 2010 held in Hyderabad.

Rajaraman said: "I am just proud to be an animator. The CEO is just a post given in this company. I am learning animation for this CEO post to make myself worthy for the CEO post. There is no age bar or age limit for animation. Everybody can do animation"

"The scope for animation in India is growing everyday. There is going to be a big boom in India and all industries are into the animation, they need animation and multimedia. I am enjoying work and I am also getting challenging works" she added.

The company has 160 employees.

Cash flow in Tamil Nadu during polls a challenge: official

Chennai, March 14 : The Election Commission (EC) will take stringent action to check "cash for votes" during Tamil Nadu assembly elections as the flow of money in the state during polls is a big challenge, said a top official here Monday."The flow of money in Tamil Nadu during elections is a big challenge. Cash seizures are not enough," Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) S.Y. Quraishi told reporters here.

Ahead of the April 13 elections, Tamil Nadu Police and the Income Tax department have seized more than Rs.10 million (Rs.1 crore) cash from cars across the state.

He said the money flow was likely to increase as the election date came closer. 

According to the CEC, a separate queue for senior citizens will be considered at polling stations so that elderly people can vote comfortably.

Turning down the request of political parties to extend the campaigning duration till 11 p.m., Quraishi cited the apex court's order of not allowing loud speakers after 10 p.m.

On the apprehensions expressed about the safety of voting machines as there would be a month's gap between polling and counting of votes in Tamil Nadu, he said the machines will be guarded by paramilitary forces.

The EC is also looking at the feasibility of having CCTV cameras inside the rooms where the voting machines would be stored ahead of the ballot counting.

AIADMK allots 22 seats to Left parties

Chennai, March 14 : The deadlock between Tamil Nadu's opposition AIADMK and the two left parties -- the Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) -- for the April 13 state assembly elections ended Monday, with the Left getting 22 seats.

With five days to go for filing of nominations, the CPI and the CPI-M agreed to accept the AIADMK’s offer.

CPI's state secretary D. Pandian met AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa Monday and finalised the seat-sharing pact.

Speaking to reporters later, Pandian said his party has been allotted 10 seats and the actual constituencies that have been allotted will be announced later.

CPI-M's state secretary G. Ramakrishnan also met Jayalalithaa Monday and after discussions, it was agreed the CPI-M would contest 12 seats.

Speaking to IANS, CPI-MP T.K. Rangarajan said: "It is not the issue of getting some seats more or some less. We go by our political agenda which is to defeat the DMK-led front."

He said the actual constituencies will be announced later.

With Monday's deals, AIADMK has finalised accords on 74 seats with ten parties. It has allotted 41 to DMDK, two each to the PT and the SMK, three to the MNMK and one each to the Republican Party of India, the All India Forward Bloc and the AIMMK.

It is yet to finalise a seat sharing pact with its long time ally MDMK, led by Vaiko.

The strength of the Tamil Nadu assembly is 234.