Kamal Haasan booked for poll code violation
Police registered a case against Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan for violating the model code of conduct, based on a complaint by independent candidate Palanikumar.
Palanikumar, who is contesting from Coimbatore South constituency where Kamal Haasan is fighting, has complained to the police that stage actors dressed as Hindu gods and goddesses were used during the actor-turned-politician’s campaign near a temple, which is a violation of the model code of conduct. Kamal is engaged in a four-cornered fight in Coimbatore South against BJP women’s wing national president Vanathi Srinivasan, Congress’s Mayura Jayakumar and Challenger R. Doraisamy of the AMMK.
Sasikala alleges removal of name from voters' list
The name of VK Sasikala, the confidante of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, has been "removed" from the voters' list without her knowledge and it is an "injustice", she has said through her legal counsel. She was sad about it and legal action will be initiated against officials responsible, her lawyer said. A senior poll officer put the onus on the 66-year-old for losing her chance to vote this time. "There is no conspiracy in this. It was her responsibility to ensure that her name is added," the electoral officer said. Sasikala's name had earlier figured in Chennai's Thousand Lights Assembly constituency. She was previously a resident of Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence, which was converted into a memorial by the AIADMK government.
Pak invites Sikh jatha for Baisakhi event
Amid Covid threat, the Pakistan Government has decided to host Indian pilgrims on the occasion of Baisakhi. The SGPC will be sending a ‘jatha’ to commemorate the occasion. The main event has been scheduled at Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hasan Abdal, Pakistan, on April 14. A contingent of Sikh pilgrims was scheduled to leave for Pakistan via the Attari-Wagah border on April 12. They will be able to visit other shrines in Pakistan on different days, including Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, before returning on April 22. Around 878 passports of aspirants have been sent to the Ministry of External Affairs for visa approval.
PM Modi hits back at Mamata
Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Mamata Banerjee of "insulting the culture of Bengal" and "disliking" his temple visits as he hit back at her party Trinamool Congress for accusing him of violating the poll code with his Bangladesh trip. “Didi did not like me praying at the Ma Kali temple in Bangladesh. We are not seasonal with our religious belief," said the PM, while campaigning at Jaynagar in Bengal. This was his first response to the Trinamool calling his Bangladesh trip unethical and in violation of the model code. Taking shots at Mamata, the PM also referred to the most high-profile constituency in this round, Nandigram, where the Chief Minister faces a tough challenge from BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari. Mamata was "afraid of losing", so was forced to camp in Nandigram, the PM remarked. "Didi left Bhawanipore (her constituency) to go to Nandigram. Then she realised her mistake in coming here. Didi is forced to camp in Nandigram for three days," he said.