The AIADMK General Body meeting is to be held this morning in Chennai suburb- Vanagaram. It will be the first meeting after the merger of its two factions of the party led by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy and his predecessor O. Panneerselvam. The political fate of the party General Secretary VK Sasikala in the party would be decided in the meeting.
The legal hurdles against holding the event were removed with the Madras High Court in its late night hearing yesterday refusing to stay the proceedings. The plea was filed by a MLA of the party P Vetrivel who is said to be a loyalist of sidelined party leader and Sasikala's nephew T T V Dhinakaran.
Several newly assigned ministers in yesterday's cabinet expansion of Union Council of Ministers will assumed charge in New Delhi today. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore who was given portfolio of Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry will assume of as MoS (Independent charge).
Newly appointed Alphons Kannanthanam will take charge of Tourism Ministry and Sudharshan Bhagat as Ministr of State for Tribal Affairs. Minister of Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State for Skill Development Anant Kumar Hegde will assume their charge. Petroleum Minister Pradhan has been given additional charge of Skill Development. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will also assume charge at New Delhi. Naqvi has been elevated to the Cabinet rank.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is preparing to make a major reshuffle in his cabinet, but before the cabinet reshuffle, six ministers have given the resignation, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Kalraj Mishra, Nirmala Sitharaman, Sanjeev Bialian have offered to resign, after which the new ministers are enrolled in the cabinet, everyone has an eye on it.
Polling is being held today for by-elections to two Assembly seats in Goa and one each in Delhi and Andhra Pradesh.In Goa, Panaji and Valpoi are the constituencies going to polls. Chief Minister and BJP candidate Manohar Parrikar is contesting for the Panaji seat. The polls have been necessitated following the resignation of BJP MLA Siddharth Kuncolienkar from Panaji and Congress MLA Vishwajeet Rane from Valpoi.
In the national capital, by-poll is being held for the Bawana Assembly constituency. The seat fell vacated after Aam Aadmi Party MLA Ved Prakash resigned to join the BJP. The Delhi Metro began its services earlier than usual in view of the poll.In Andhra Pradesh, polling is taking place for the Nandyal Assembly seat. The seat had fallen vacant due to the death of a sitting Telugu Desam Party MLA. The counting of votes will be held on the 28th of this month.