Tamil Nadu speaker precludes 18 AIADMK MLAs

The 18 MLAs who were supporting TTV Dhinakaran have been disqualified with effect from Monday under the 1986 Tamil Nadu Assembly Members Party Defection Law.
Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker, P Dhanapal stated, “18 protesting AIADMK MLAs faithful to sidelined party Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran precluded.”
One of the protesting MLAs, SKT Jakkaiyan, had later changed camps to help Palanisamy. These 18 MLAs had since been requesting the evacuation of the Chief Minister.
Earlier, Chief Government Whip S Rajendran had asked the Speaker to exclude the said MLAs for “hostile to party exercises” following their rebellion against the Chief Minister. Despite the fact that the Speaker had issued a notification to all the dissenting MLAs looking for their individual nearness, they did not turn up. A determination embraced at a meeting led by Palanisamy on August 28 had said Dhinakaran was “expelled” from the post of Deputy General Secretary.Opposition parties have since been demanding the Governor coordinate a story test for the Palanisamy government for demonstrating its larger part in the Assembly.In the 234-part House, AIADMK has a quality of 134 MLAs.
A determination embraced at a meeting led by Palanisamy on August 28 had said Dhinakaran was “expelled” from the post of Deputy General Secretary. Opposition parties have since been demanding the Governor to coordinate a floor test for the Palanisamy government for demonstrating its larger part in the Assembly. In the 234-part House, AIADMK has a quality of 134 MLAs.
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Highly explosive PETN found in UP assembly

Yogi Adityanath, the CM of Uttar Pradesh, has called for an investigation by National Investigative Agency after 150 grams of white powder, identified as an explosive was found in the state assembly.

This powder was found close to Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Choudhry’s seat during a routine security sweep. As soon as the material was brought into notice, the security officials took it and sent it to a forensic lab for analysis. Post analysis, the laboratory has said the powder is a plastic explosive, PETN (Pentaerythritol tetra-nitrate), reported The Times of India.

“500 grams of the PETN is enough to blow up the entire Vidhan Sabha, and this was 150 grams. It is apparent that there has been mischief and such people should be exposed,” said the Chief Minister, as reported by Hindustan Times. He also said that in an assembly where ministers should discuss issues of development, they are forced to discuss their our own security.”

In light of this incident, Adityanath has called for a series of security measures for the country’s largest assembly, which included a ban on mobile phones in the house. 

Source: Hindustan Times, Times of India

GST rolled-out in J&K, state finance minister addresses State Assembly

The Goods and Service Tax (GST) founds its way into the state of Jammu and Kashmir as the resolution was passed in the J&K Assembly on Wednesday evening. Despite strong criticism from the opposition parties such as Congress and Jammu and Kasmir National Conference, J&K finance minister Haseeb Drabu came out strong and assured that GST will end the hike on daily essentials but will not pose a threat to the ambit of Article 370 which ensures special powers for the state and the government.
Drabu also added that under no circumstances the State Government will amend the Section 5 of the J&K Constitution that ensures special taxation power, but the growing concern about declining trade in the state due to the non-implementation GST had affected livelihood.
While the country experienced the biggest Tax reform since independence, J&K propelled towards uncertainty and financial exasperation. Producing facts to the decline in trade, Drabu also said that state revenue dropped from Rs 82 crores on July 4 last year to Rs 40 crores yesterday. This was an indication of low trade in the state, thus, it was a necessity to bring GST to the people.
Assuring the extent of Article 370 and Section-5, Drabu stated: “if the GST overwrites Article 370 (of the Indian constitution) or section 5 (of the J-K constitution) I will not come back to this House”.
Sources: Livemint and Business line

Free internet for poor people in new Kerala Budget

On Friday, March 3, Kerala government presented the 68th state Budget in the Assembly. This was Pinarayi Vijayan government’s first full budget. The Budget focused on the social welfare measures such as reservations for the differently-abled, increase the statewide internet connectivity and the creation of jobs in health sectors and education.

Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas said, the internet will be the right of the people, and the two million “poor families” will be getting free access to the sites. The government also announced to give 20 lakh free internet connections.

He also added, “Internet will now become a right for the people and within 18 months the internet gateway would be set up through the K phone network at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore,”.

Nonetheless, the assembly was in chaos, as there was a high – level drama because the opposition members boycotted the Budget session over the alleged disclose of the major portions of the document on social media. It was reported that some members had entered the wall of the Assembly when Thomas was in the mid of his speech.

News Source: New Indian Express, Business Standard

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Cong-NC end ties, to fight elections independently

Jammu: Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, on Sunday informed his party’s decision to go ahead with the upcoming assembly elections in the state on its own, severing its five year ties with Congress. He is said that he had already conveyed to Congress Supremo Sonia Gandhi about NC’s decision about 10 days ago but chose to keep silent as he did not want to seem opportunistic by going public.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. PTI
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. PTI

“I met Sonia Gandhi ten days ago and thanked her for all her support. I conveyed NC’s decision to contest in the upcoming elections alone”, he tweeted.

Omar further voiced his opinion on Twitter stating, “I explained the reasons but also told her I wouldn’t be making a public announcement because I didn’t want it to look opportunistic”. Seemingly, Congress will fight alone in all 87 seats in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly poll. The decision was announced by Congress leader Ghulan Nabi Azad, Congress Committee genral Secretary Ambika Soni and Saifuddin Soz. Currently, the party has 17 members in the state assembly.

For more information: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/i-told-sonia-gandhi-about-split-omar-abdullah-on-congress-announcement-561740