Poet Thiruvallur row
The desecration of Thiruvallur’s statue happened after BJP’s attempt to Saffronise the great poet through social media. His picture was shown wearing a saffron robe that which indirectly indicated his political affiliation.
One of the most celebrated Tamil poets, Thiruvallur is the author of Thirukkular, a collection of poems which is considered as Tamil classic literature. DMK leader, M.K. Stalin reacted against the portrayal of Thiruvallur who is usually represented in white robes like a saint. BJP leaders including the National secretary, H. Raja defended the image and continued to tweet the same. The BJP state leader through a tweet challenged the DMK leader to recite atleast a couple of verses of Thiruvallur without flaws after which he would take down the image.
Thiruvalluvar was Saint not a DMK leader. He lived for universal values which are applicable for entire humanity & never favoured sectarian values. @mkstalin must desist from narrow interpretation of Saint Thiruvalluvar. DMK always betrayed Tamilians in last few decades for power pic.twitter.com/1MwV9NkVoA
— P Muralidhar Rao (@PMuralidharRao) November 4, 2019
Crackdown on manja sellers after child’s death
Abhinayu, a 3-year-old child succumbed to injuries from a glass-coated kite thread hanging loosely from a lamp post on Meenambal flyover in Chennai.
Despite a ban on the sale an use of manja threads in Chennai under Section 71 of the City Police Act, motorists and pedestrians have often lost their lives to the same.
Following the recent death, the police have formed 15 special teams to start afresh the crackdown on manja sellers.
Also, after Gopal, the child’s father lodged a complaint with the Tambaram police, two suspects from Ranganathapuram were arrested for allegedly stocking up 300 kites and manja threads, as reported by the Hindu.
Contract farming bill stirring protests
With the onset of monsoon rains, Tamil Nadu farmers are receiving a bountiful yield. But on the other side there is unrest among the farmers regarding the contract farming bill passed by the state. Representatives of farmers in Tiruchi district asked the State Government to withdraw the bill saying that it would be beneficial only to the corporate farmers and not the small-scale ones.
The Tamil Nadu Agricultural Produce and Livestock Contract Farming and Services Bill, 2019, adopted by the state assembly in February, assures farm income and is aimed at benefiting marginal farmers, according The Hindu reports. The President, Ramnath Kovind has given his consent.
Benami attachments for Sasikala’s assets
The Benami Prohibition Unit attached properties worth Rs 1.6 crores that are believed to belong to V.K. Sasikala, former AIADMK leader, reported the Hindu on November 4.
In a benami transaction, the property owner is only a mask of the real beneficiary. A person found to carry out such a transaction, can be jailed leading to confiscation of property.
Sasikala, who has been serving a jail term of 4 years in a Disproportionate Assets case, was quoted by the Hindu to allegedly have used demonetised notes worth Rs 1.5 crore under fictitious names.
The conclusion of benami assets by the Income Tax Department comes from the seized documents procured from raid ‘Operation Clean Money’conducted by it 2 years ago across 37 locations in the state.
The Initiating Officer of BPU has issued attachment orders under Section 24(3) of the Act, and sent them to the respective Sub-Registrars and Registrar of Companies. The provisional attachment will last for 90 days.
-By Rizvi Saif and Rituparna Palit