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Am Tamil for 43 years, says Rajinikanth

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Chennai, May 19, 2017: Megastar Rajinikanth on Friday remained ambivalent on joining politics even as he insisted that he was very much a Tamil.

Responding to criticism that he was not a Tamil, Rajinikanth told his cheering fans: “I lived in Karnataka for 23 years and in Tamil Nadu for 43 years. Although I came as a Marathi from Karnataka, you people nurtured me, made me a true Tamilian.”

The versatile actor said he would take a decision on joining politics when the time comes.

Speaking on politics, Rajnikanth said there were good leaders but the system was corrupted.

“We have good leaders like (M.K.) Stalin, Anbumani (Ramadoss) and Seeman. But what do we do when the system is bad, democracy has deteriorated. This system needs to be changed and a change has to be brought in the minds of people, than only will the country flourish,” he said.

Addressing a large gathering on the last day of the interaction with fans, he said to thunderous applause: “I have my profession, my job. I have some responsibilities and you have your jobs. Go back to your places and do your job. Let’s meet when it’s time for (political) war.”

Earlier this week, he had said: “If it’s God’s will, I will join politics.”

Rajinikanth later tweeted:

On the career front, he is gearing up for the shoot of his next Tamil yet-untitled film with director Pa. Ranjith.

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Lalu Yadav’s provisional bail extended till July 3

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Ranchi, June 22: The Ranchi Court on Friday extended a provisional bail of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav till 3rd July.

Besides this, the court fixed June 29 to hear the plea of extending the bail period.

Earlier in the month, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief returned to Patna from Mumbai, where was undergoing treatment for his heart-related problem.

However, he was brought to Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai on Tuesday, following chest pain and low hemoglobin count.

On a related note, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi awarded 37 accused to jail terms between three to 14 years in April, in connection with the aforementioned case.

Among the 37 people, public servant O. P. Diwakar was sentenced to imprisonment of 14 years and a fine of Rs 2 crore; while 15 other public servants were given seven years imprisonment and a fine of Rs1 crore each.

The case was filed by the probe agency on April 15, 1996, in compliance with the orders of the Patna High Court.

It involves fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 34.91 crore from the treasury of Bihar’s Dumka between 1991 and 1996.

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Kejriwal attacks Modi, Says How can PM deny time to elected CM

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New Delhi, June 22: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for denying time to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and termed it “unprecedented high-handedness”.

Kejriwal raised the issue while referring to a media report on Twitter which claimed that the Prime Minister’s Office has refused an appointment to the Kerala Chief Minister for the fourth time in a row.

“How can duly elected Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan be denied time by the Prime Minister. They wanted to discuss important issue of ration concerning poor people. The Prime Minister refusing to meet a Chief Minister for four times in a row! Unprecedented high-handedness. Whither federalism?” Kejriwal tweeted.

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Mallikarjun Kharge appointed as Maharashtra Congress Incharge

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New Delhi, June 22: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday appointed as the Maharashtra Congress in-charge.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi appointed JD Seelam and Mahendra Joshi as the Secretary and Shashi Kant Sharma as the Joint Secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC) attached with the General Secretary, Incharge Organisation.

Besides this, the Congress appointed Screening Committees for Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Odisha and Mizoram.

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