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  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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Politics In Tamil Nadu: Interesting Phase

By A Special Correspondent
First publised on 2018-08-17 22:47:49

Politics in Tamil Nadu has entered an interesting phase post the demise of DMK titan M Karunanidhi. MK Stalin, heir apparent and the automatic choice to succeed the patriarch as party supremo, is facing a challenge from his expelled brother MK Alagiri. But that is the least of his problems. The party has not been faring well at the hustings. It seems that despite internal squabbles in the AIADMK and the vacuum left by Jayalalitha’s death, the DMK has not been able to capitalize on the situation. It had faced the ignominy of being the first party not to unseat a sitting government in the 2016 assembly elections (Tamil Nadu had a record of not voting an incumbent government back to power since 1984) when it failed to dislodge the AIADMK. Then again, it was embarrassing for the party to be pushed to the third position in the RK Nagar bypoll. All this has meant that despite his ascension, Stalin is not seen as a winner or someone who can transform the party.

Couple this with two giants of cinema who have entered politics recently. Both Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan have followed the best traditions of Tamil politics which has seen people from the film industry make it big in politics in the state. Although these are baby years for the two stars, they have the potential of building party infrastructure based on their fan clubs and immense following. That is most likely going to marginalize the DMK as it is now the party that is on the back foot. Waiting on the sidelines is TTV Dhinakaran who has laid claim to the political legacy of Jayalalitha and proved to be a winner in the RK Nagar bypoll by pushing the established players to the wall. Then there are the usual bit players in the two national parties, the Congress and the BJP who are aligned with the DMK and the AIADMK respectively and the various small parties who will grab a slice of the cake. All this ensures that a lot of drama will unfold in the 2021 assembly elections, and the 2019 general elections before that.