QChennai: Rajinikanth Meets Kamal; Haasan to Contest 2019 Polls

1. Rajinikanth Meets Kamal Haasan, Invites Him for Daughter’s Wedding

Rajinikanth meets Kamal Haasan, invites him for daughter’s wedding.

Veteran actor Rajinikanth met with actor and founder of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) Kamal Haasan in Chennai on Thursday, 7 February, to invite him for his daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth's wedding, that is expected to take place on 11 February.

The 34-year-old had earlier confirmed her wedding to businessman and actor Vishagan Vanangamudi on Twitter. When Rajinikanth met Kamal on Thursday, other MNM members - Vice President Dr R Mahendran and State Executive Committee member Kameela Nasser were also present. The ‘2.0’ star reportedly visited DMK President MK Stalin, Tamil Nadu Congress Chief Thirunavukkarasar as well as the President of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Thol Thirumavalavan, and asked them to attend the celebrations.

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2. Kamal Haasan’s Party MNM Preparing to Contest Lok Sabha Polls

Kamal Hassan has announced that his party Makkal Needhi Maiam is preparing to contest in all seats for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Kamal Hassan has announced that his party Makkal Needhi Maiam is preparing to contest in all seats for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. He told reporters at the Chennai airport, “Our aim is to not go with any tainted group. We are preparing to contest on all 40 seats (in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry). I cannot say at this moment from where I will contest.”

He has clarified that his party will not work in alliance with any other party, but has definitely been in conversation with several national and state parties. Kamal Haasan has been touring different districts of Tamil Nadu in order to reach out to people and listen to their grievances.

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3. Five Held in Connection with PMK Man Ramalingam’s Murder in TN

Five persons have been arrested in connection with the murder of Ramalingam, a Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) functionary in Thirubuvanam, Kumbakonam.

Even as tension prevails in Kumbakonam town, Tamil Nadu, over the murder of a PMK functionary on Tuesday night, five persons have been arrested in connection with the case. Ramalingam, a Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) functionary in Thirubuvanam, Kumbakonam town, was attacked on Tuesday, 5 February, evening, after which he succumbed to his injuries. The attack happened after he was seen in a video having an altercation with a couple of Muslim men who were allegedly in the area to proselytise.

Thanjavur Superintendent of Police Maheshwaran told that three special teams have been formed to nab other suspects in the murder. He added that investigations were on and that the assailants would soon be nabbed.

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4. 12 Kg Gold, 626 Carats of Diamonds Seized During Saravana Stores Raids; Tax Evasion Worth Rs 433 Crore

Popular retail outlet Saravana Stores was searched by IT officials on the suspicion of tax evasion.

The recent raids by Income Tax Department on retail giant Saravana Stores, Revathi Stores, a retailer based in Perambur, and real estate firms G Square and Lotus Group has resulted in the seizure of 12.53 kg of gold and 626 carats worth diamonds, according to an Income Tax official.

The raids which were conducted at 74 locations, 72 in Chennai and 2 in Coimbatore have revealed that the tax evasion was worth Rs 433.13 crore. The raids also revealed that money was being paid in real estate aggregation through the real estate firms. The alleged role of these realty companies G Square and Lotus Group was to amass land parcels for Saravana stores Sources indicated that total cash seizure during the raids was Rs 24.36 crore.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

Also Read: I-T Raids At Saravana Bhavan, Grand Sweets, Anjappar in Chennai

5. All Except DMK, AMMK Welcome to Join Us: Jayakumar

Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said he did not foresee any announcement on any tie-up as not even once had the seat sharing committee met since its formation.

On the eve of a crucial meeting of the AIADMK’s district secretaries and senior party functionaries, the party organising secretary and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar on Thursday reiterated that all parties other than the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) were welcome to join a front headed by the AIADMK.

Answering a question whether the Pattali Makkal Katchi would be part of the proposed front, Jayakumar said, “All others are not my party’s enemies. They are all friends. All those who want to be part of the front headed by us are welcome to join us. We have an open mind.”

(Source: The Hindu)

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