08/02/2017 8:09 AM IST | Updated 08/02/2017 9:20 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: O Panneerselvam Protests; Delhi Cricketer Hits 300 Off 72 Balls In T20 Match

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In a surprise move, outgoing Tamil Nadu interim Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said he was forced to resign from the post, openly challenging the choice of VK Sasikala taking on the mantle as Tamil Nadu's chief minister and highlighting the growing rift within the AIADMK.

In the second report from Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh, the bellwether constituency that has elected an MLA from the winning party to the state assembly since 1974, Shivam Vij analyses the caste equations in the area and find it firmly lying with one party.

The real source of people's discomfort with Sasikala's credentials to be the chief minister of Tamil Nadu lies not in her administrative capabilities but somewhere else, argues Sandip Roy.


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In a first, the Chief Justice of India began contempt proceedings against sitting Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan for making allegations against the Chief Justice of Madras High Court and other judges. The case will be heard by a bench headed by the CJI with six other senior judges.

According to a report in The Indian Express, based on sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, O Panneerselvam, was told by the top brass of the BJP to stand up and be counted after he took over the office with the demise of J Jayalalithaa's.

About one-fourths of the ATMs across the country are running dry again with people withdrawing large amounts for sundry payments and purchases at the start of the month, bank officials said. The painful weeks of demonetisation seem to be back again.

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Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said that the BJP would scrap reservation if it came to power, while the BSP would extend it to the poor among the the upper castes. She also accused the ruling Samajwadi Party government for its poor law and order record in the state.

In an incredible feat, Delhi cricketer Mohit Ahlawat smashed an unbeaten 300 off just 72 balls, hitting an unheard of 39 sixes in a Twenty20 match at Lalita Park in New Delhi.

In the first conversation between the two since Donald Trump was sworn in as the US President, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed India's concerns on the Trump administration's proposed changes to the H1B visa programme, official sources told The Indian Express.


The results of the Uttar Pradesh elections will be crucial to the 2019 general elections and far beyond that, writes Kumar Ketkar in The Indian Express. "All the possibilities are open until March 11," he writes, though "Ironically a section of the BJP is actually worried that Modi's mesmerising megalomania will sway the voters in the party's favour. That will clear the pitch for him in 2019 and there will be no stopping him, even in 2024."

Banning shared app-based cab services on the basis of an archaic rule will not only exacerbate the woes of the citizens but also add to the traffic congestion and pollution in Delhi, says an editorial in the Hindustan Times.

A basic minimum on gender rights should be non-negotiable even in a state with special privileges like Nagaland, an editorial in Mint argues. "A former French minister, Françoise Giroud, had once said that women will be men's equals only if incompetent women could hold important jobs just like men did," it says, "Taking the cue, men in Nagaland should concede and the state government shouldn't."

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