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Sasikala family to be blamed for IT raids at Jayalalithaa’s residence 

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Chennai, Nov 18: Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar on Saturday blamed jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala and her family for the Income Tax (IT) raids at late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa’s residence late on Friday night.

J. Deepa, niece of Jayalalithaa, also termed the raid a conspiracy of the Sasikala family. She said the IT officials did not inform her about the raid. She is a legal heir of Jayalalithaa.

Speaking to reporters here, Minister Jayakumar said it is “painful” to note the IT raids at Jayalalithaa’s residence.

“It is the family of Sasikala and T.T.V. Dinakaran to be blamed for the IT raid,” Jayakumar said.

Jayakumar said Dinakaran is blaming Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam for political gains.

Responding to the media in Tuticorin (600km from here), Minister of State for Finance and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan said: “The raids were done on the basis of specific information and not for political vendetta.”

On Friday night, IT officials recovered a laptop, a desktop and four pen drives from two rooms used by Sasikala at Jayalalithaa’s residence here, said a senior official.

“We received an input that some important electronic storage devices are going to be clandestinely removed from two rooms used by Sasikala in Veda Nilayam (Jayalalithaa’s residence),” the IT official told IANS preferring anonymity on Friday.

According to him, it was a “limited mission”. “We are not searching the entire premises,” he had said.

The raid comes days after IT officials carried out a massive search operation at the residences and premises of Sasikala’s kin and their business associates and unearthed Rs 1,430 crore of tax evasion.

The Friday IT search comes 21 years after an earlier search at Jayalalithaa’s residence.

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Tejashwi slams Centre for not inviting RJD to all- party meeting

The RJD currently has 5 Rajya Sabha MPs apart from 75 MLAs in the Bihar assembly and 6 MLCs.

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav has slammed the Centre for not inviting the RJD to the all-party meeting on the coronavirus vaccine.

Yadav said the Narendra Modi government has called an all-party meeting but has not invited the RJD despite it being the single largest party in Bihar.

“It indicates that the meeting is just a show and nothing else,” he said.

The all-party meeting is currently underway in Delhi chaired by PM Narendra Modi. Sources have said that only those parties were invited for the meeting who have at least 4 to 5 MPs in Parliament.

The RJD currently has 5 Rajya Sabha MPs apart from 75 MLAs in the Bihar assembly and 6 MLCs.

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Priyanka addresses Dalit panchayat in Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on Friday, expressed concern over the increasing atrocities on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing a Dalit panchayat at the party’s state headquarters, through virtual medium, she said that the Yogi Adityanath government was putting Dalits in the dock, instead of addressing their problems, and lauded the efforts being made by the UP Congress in reaching out to the victims.

Referring to incidents in Hathras, Kanpur, Lalitpur, Azamgarh and other districts, she said that even the Chairman of the Congress SC/ST cell was falsely implicated in a criminal case and arrested.

“I have spoken to inmates of Ambedkar hostels and they are apprehensive that the government may close down their hostels. You all should stay united and the Congress will always support you,” she said.

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DMK to hold black flag protest against farm laws on Saturday

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Chennai, Dec 4 : DMK President M.K. Stalin on Friday said that his party will hold a black flag protest against the three farm laws passed by the Central government.

In a letter to party members, he said the protest will be held in solidarity with the farmers protesting against the laws in Delhi.

Stalin said party leaders will hold the black flag protest in all the district headquarters following the Covid-19 safety precautions.

Reacting to the DMK’s protest, Tamil Nadu BJP’s agriculture wing head G.K. Nagaraj said Stalin, who is supporting the protesting middlemen in Delhi, should tell what he has done for the welfare of the farmers.

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