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Wrong Radhika Selvi?

Radhika V. Selvi

President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi

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Bengal CID assisting Hyderabad team to trace blast links

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DMK's Radhika Selvi: from gangster's widow to minister


www.centralchronicle.com

All of a sudden, someone like Ms Radhika Selvi of the DMK (reported to be a Don's wife) becomes the MoS for Home Affairs.She was recently inducted into the Union Cabinet - courtesy DMK chief M Karunanidhi who took even the PM's prerogative for granted, as DMK is an inevitable allay of the UPA.The crudity shown by Karunanidhi by throwing away his own grand nephew- Dayanidhi Maran - a well educated and very successful Union Cabinet Minister for IT and Communications, like a fly in the ointment, shows the style of functioning of most of our contemporary politicians.


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CHENNAI: Radhika Selvi, new face of the DMK was inducted as minister of state for home in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government yesterday.The recently widowed Radhika campaigned in Tamil Nadu with a newborn baby under a blazing sun and was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004 with a big margin. The 31-year-old politician, who has studied only up to Class 10 but mentions in her profile that she is a javelin thrower and a kabaddi player, will make an entry into the high echelons of government at a time when DMK's Harvard-trained Dayanidhi Maran resigned as cabinet minister following a feud in party patriarch Muthuvel Karunanidhi's family. As she was administered the oath by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, life seems to have taken a dramatic and unforeseen turn for Selvi who had in August 2001 married Pannayar Venkatesh, said to be a gangster with clout in the southern districts as well as Chennai. When Selvi's name was floated as DMK's choice as new addition in the council of ministers, many - including the ministers - were curious to know who she was."Who is she?Does she come to parliament often," asked a minister.Selvi, a backbencher amidst the other MPs from her state in the Lok Sabha, was not at all a known face in the parliament corridors. In September 2003, Venkatesh was pulled out of his flat and killed by police even as his pregnant wife and neighbours watched.Hailing from a well-off Nadar family in Tuticorin district, Venkatesh was wanted in more than 20 criminal cases, including extortion and holding of kangaroo courts.His killing is said to have angered the Nadar community. The Nadar factor is important, as by promoting Selvi to the union cabinet, DMK president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi has tried to appease the community while also putting in place actor Sarath Kumar, a former member of the party.Selvi is said to be close to Rajathi Ammal, Karunanidhi's wife, who too comes from the Nadar community.The DMK has thus tried to kill two birds with one stone by pushing Selvi. During her stint in parliament, she has been involved with health issues.In a noteworthy intervention that she made in parliament, Selvi had said, "It has become an accepted practice in some draconian (sic) states to liquidate its opponents.CHENNAI: Radhika Selvi, new face of the DMK was inducted as minister of state for home in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government yesterday.The recently widowed Radhika campaigned in Tamil Nadu with a newborn baby under a blazing sun and was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004 with a big margin. The 31-year-old politician, who has studied only up to Class 10 but mentions in her profile that she is a javelin thrower and a kabaddi player, will make an entry into the high echelons of government at a time when DMK's Harvard-trained Dayanidhi Maran resigned as cabinet minister following a feud in party patriarch Muthuvel Karunanidhi's family. As she was administered the oath by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, life seems to have taken a dramatic and unforeseen turn for Selvi who had in August 2001 married Pannayar Venkatesh, said to be a gangster with clout in the southern districts as well as Chennai. When Selvi's name was floated as DMK's choice as new addition in the council of ministers, many - including the ministers - were curious to know who she was."Who is she?Does she come to parliament often," asked a minister.Selvi, a backbencher amidst the other MPs from her state in the Lok Sabha, was not at all a known face in the parliament corridors. In September 2003, Venkatesh was pulled out of his flat and killed by police even as his pregnant wife and neighbours watched.Hailing from a well-off Nadar family in Tuticorin district, Venkatesh was wanted in more than 20 criminal cases, including extortion and holding of kangaroo courts.His killing is said to have angered the Nadar community. The Nadar factor is important, as by promoting Selvi to the union cabinet, DMK president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi has tried to appease the community while also putting in place actor Sarath Kumar, a former member of the party.Selvi is said to be close to Rajathi Ammal, Karunanidhi's wife, who too comes from the Nadar community.The DMK has thus tried to kill two birds with one stone by pushing Selvi. During her stint in parliament, she has been involved with health issues.In a noteworthy intervention that she made in parliament, Selvi had said, "It has become an accepted practice in some draconian (sic) states to liquidate its opponents.


Kate Webb, journalist friend of India, is dead

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DMK's Radhika Selvi: from gangster's widow to minister


Bengal CID assisting Hyderabad team to trace blast links

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DMK's Radhika Selvi: from gangster's widow to minister


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