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The Morning Wrap: Chinnamma Sasikala's Mission CM; A Law To Punish 'Bad Samaritans'?

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06/02/2017 8:01 AM IST | Updated 06/02/2017 9:36 AM IST
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In an unprecedented move, AIADMK MLAs elected VK Sasikala as the Legislative Party Leader in a meeting in Chennai yesterday. The current chief minister of Tamil Nadu, O Paneerselvam, who was sworn in after J Jayalalithaa's demise late last year, also resigned from office, making the way for Sasikala, or Chinamma as she is called for being a close aide of Amma or Jayalalithaa for over three decades, to become the new CM of the state.

MK Stalin, the Working President of the Opposition DMK in Tamil Nadu, is understandably worried about the internal coup in the AIADMK. Not only does the sudden selection of a new leader and CM reflect the schism in the party, he said, but also betrays anti-democratic behaviour. The people of Tamil Nadu, Stalin pointed out, had voted for Jayalalithaa, not someone else from her household, to lead the state.

Tamil Nadu's traditional bull-taming sport, Jallikattu, was played in Madurai district on Sunday after a gap of three years and loud protests against it. The event result in 36 people being injured, who were treated at a medical camp set up by the police near the venue.

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From her humble beginnings in Mannargudi, running a video cassette store, to her elevation to the office of the CM, VK Sasikala has come a long way. The lead story in The Times of India traces her emergence from her mentor J Jayalalithaa's shadow to become a repository of power.

The income tax department is using a new law, formulated in the wake of demonetisation of high-value currency notes, to penalise those who used bank accounts of others to dispose of illegally gained money. The IT department issued show-cause notices to at least 20 proprietors of small and medium firms for attachment of properties under the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act.

With several recent horrific deaths due to road accidents, is it time for a law to punish "bad samaritans" who, instead of rushing the victims to the nearest hospital, take photographs and video footage of their suffering before walking away? Read this report to know more.

Off The Front Page

The Centre is about to take a major step to ban the practice of unilateral oral divorce, or "triple talaq", practiced by Muslim men after the assembly polls in five states are over. The law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has dared the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party to make their stands clear on the matter.

Horror stories have emerged from a home in Delhi for the mentally ill women, who are forced to change in the open, while male attendants monitor their moves on surveillance camera. With 11 deaths in the last two months, Asha Kiran has become the anti-thesis of its name: a place of hopeless despair.

Slowing inflation and a fiscally responsible budget may encourage the Reserve Bank of India to cut interest rates, a survey of economists from 10 banks has indicated to Mint. Full report here.

Opinion

The Congress Party's attitude to coalition partners is changing, its alliance with the Samajwadi Party, with photographs of Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav circulated with fanfare, being the latest example of it. Manini Chatterjee analyses the changing dynamics in the Grand Old Party's working in her column in The Telegraph.

The AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu wasted almost no time in declaring that the devastating oil spill in Ennore was clear. Such haste raises questions about governance as well as the state's investment in the environment beyond the specifics of this tragedy, writes Nityanand Jayaraman in The Hindu.

With the Trump administration lobbying for aggressive visa curbs in the US, information technology companies in India will be forced to move away from the "global delivery model", writes R Sukumar in the Hindustan Times.

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