Thursday, 16 February 2017

Evening NEWS DIGEST  - EARLY
16 Feb.2017: 18 Jamadiul Awwal 1438: Vol:8, No:118
INDIA:ELECTIONS & POLITICS
Live Governor invites Edappadi Palaniswami to form govt; he will be sworn in at 5 pm
Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday invited AIADMK legislature party leader Edappadi K. Palaniswami to form the government in Tamil Nadu.

The updates:
12.14 p.m.: Edappadi K. Palaniswami has to prove his majority within 15 days. The leader will be sworn in at 5 p.m.

11.35 a.m. AIADMK legislature party leader Edappadi K. Palaniswami has arrived at Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao.

10.56 a.m.:Palaniswami has left Golden Bay Resorts in Kuvathur with four Ministers, including S.P. Velumani and P. Thangamani.

10.40 a.m.: Here's a round-up of the developments on Wednesday.

The two camps — one led by Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and the other by Mr. Palaniswami — met the Governor late night. “The meeting lasted for about 25 minutes. We told the Governor that it was a clear case of majority, and Mr. Palaniswami should be invited to form the government,” said a party senior, who was at the meeting.

“We also told him that Mr. Palaniswami was also popular and known among the people in the State. We asked him to render justice. The Governor did not say anything. He treated us with respect and listened to us,” he said.

Speaking to reporters outside the Raj Bhavan, Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar said, “We informed the Governor that Mr. Palaniswami has been nominated unanimously by the party MLAs. We have confidence that he will uphold democracy. He informed us that he will consider our views.”

“We have 124 MLAs. They [Mr. Panneerselvam’s camp] have only 8 MLAs. Is 8 big or is 124? Think about it,” Mr. Jayakumar said.

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AIADMK interim general secretary V.K. Sasikala, convicted by the Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case on Tuesday, surrendered at a special court, a few hundred metres from Bengaluru Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara, and became prisoner no. 9234.

Before leaving for Bengaluru by road on Wednesday, Ms. Sasikala stopped by at the memorial to Jayalalithaa on the Marina in Chennai and dramatically slapped the memorial’s slab thrice as if taking a vow. After this, she headed out to former Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran’s house in Ramavaram and paid floral tributes to his portrait and his statue. She also spent a few minutes sitting on the floor of the house in front of the portrait. Thehindu
Tamil Nadu LIVE updates: Governor Palanisamy to form govt, he has 15 days to prove majority

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