TN Rajbhavan’s press release today evening said, ‘based on the recommendations of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, the portfolios of “Transport, Nationalised Transport and Motor Vehicles Act” dealt with by Thiru RS. Rajakannappan has been allocated to Thiru.SS.Sivasankar and re-designated him as Mnister for Transport and the portfolios of “Backward Classes Welfare, Most Backward Classes Welfare and Denotified Communities Welfare” dealt with by Thiru. SS. Sivasankar has been allocated to Thiru RS . Rajakannappan and re-designated him as Minister for Backward Classes Welfare’.
The Indian Express said, “Top sources in the government aware of the development confirmed that the reason for the Cabinet reshuffle was the complaint against Rajakannappan for harassing Dalit transport officer Rajendran. The alleged incident took place on Sunday.He harassed a Dalit officer, using casteist slurs. So the Chief Minister gave him the portfolio that looks after backward communities and their welfare, probably to teach him a lesson,” a source said.The 57-year-old Rajendran from Mudukulathur in Ramanathapuram, who works as the Block Development Officer of the Transport department, was summoned by Rajakannappan to his Sivaganga residence on Sunday.
According to Rajendran’s statement, the moment he entered the minister’s house and wished him, Rajakannappan called him an “SC (Scheduled Caste) BDO”.
This reason is pushed by DMK IT wing and state’s publicity wing is that due to an insult meted out to a powerful dalit community viz. Devendra Kula Vellalars, Stalin, taking a moral high ground of social justice has changed the portfolio of Rajakannappan. The real punishment to Rajakannappan for his casteist arrogant behaviour should be sacking and not another portfolio with the same paraphernalia albeit with less money. If the allegation against him is true, there should be prosecution and not a shuffle in portfolio. The BJP, which has a huge momentum among Devendra Kula Vellars after their demand for name change has decided to create this as a casteist unrest in the south. The DKV people being a powerful community in the south may not rest till Rajakannappan is sacked. However, Stalin is also wary of losing the powerful Yadava community. Stalin was in no idea to undertake any tinkering in the cabinet except for the heir apparent Udhayanidhi Stalin who is popularly known as Chepauk Che.
According to DTNext a team of DVAC officials seized Rs 35 lakh unaccounted money from the Deputy Transport Commissioner’s office situated in Ezhilagam campus during a surprise check on Monday. Official sources said the money was believed to be part of the bribe paid by those trying to get a promotion, Rs 5 lakh per person, and added that the official was seemingly collecting it on behalf of someone else. According to the agency, it received credible information that Natarajan, the Deputy Transport Commissioner, Chennai, was collecting Rs 5 lakh each from 30 assistants working in the State Transport Department to be promoted as superintendent. Following this, a team of DVAC officials conducted a surprise check at his office on Monday and found Rs 35 lakh unaccounted money.”
The DVAC registered a case and commenced investigation. The main accused Natarajan, the Deputy Commissioner was grilled by multiple officials of DVAC. Natarajan revealed a gold mine of information about the methodical corruption engineed by Raja Kannappan with the active blessings of DMK’s first family.
The said Natrajan acted as a principal tout for the collection of money by Rajakannappan. The DVAC officials during their investigation found that, most of the RTO officials across the state were given strict orders to collect a sum of Rs.5 lakhs for their temporary promotion as Superintendent. The money was neatly packed and kept in covers containing the names of Shanthi, Assistant, G Paramasivam, Assistant, M. Premkumar, Assistant,
A few of the officials present during the check confessed to the collection of money by Natarajan.
During investigation, DVAC officials stumbled upon a treasure of information during the interrogation of Natarajan. Natarajan revealed the details of the corruption network of Rajakannappan. The money collected from Natarajan are to be deposited in a stock broking firm.
Fortune Capital Services Private Limited is a stock broking firm functioning in Kochar Technology Park,6th Floor, SP 31-A, 1st Cross Rd, Ambattur Industrial Estate, Chennai. This is the place where the entire collection of Rajakannappan through the Transport department are deposited every weekend. An eyewitness who is an employee of a firm in the same building said, “in weekends government transport department vehicles used to be parked in dozens. Most of the registration numbers belonged to various districts. The drivers wore uniforms. We were not privy to any specific information, but assumed something very fishy is going on in the premises”.
Fortune firm has been started on 28 May 2010 with two Directors. One Moorthy @ Narayanamoorthy is a close relative of Rajakannappan. Another Director Meenambal is also reported to be a relative of Rajakannappan though she doesn’t attend office regularly. Another relative one Sudheer is running the day today affairs in the firm. The firm is used to legitimise the black money generated by the ministry of Transport under Rajakannappan. There are several such places functioning in multiple places across the city. Unconfirmed reports say such firms function in neibhouring states also.
The money so collected across the state are collated, accounted and the share sent to the first family duly noted. A highly placed source confirmed about the share delivered to the first family every month, and also confirmed the existence of accounts.
Officers privy to the information say matter was alerted to intelligence by DVAC Director Kandasamy who in turned passed it on to TN CM Stalin in Dubai. A discussion was held in which it was decided to effect a minor shuffle so that Rajakannappan doesn’t revolt. It was a catch 22 situation and the caste abuse issue came in handy for Stalin to take a quick decision and also to claim ‘social justice warrior’ tag.
But the decision is a very foolhardy decision and will intensify turf war inside the DMK. The Transport portfolio has been given to Sivasankaran who is an arch rival of DMK MP A.Raja. A. Raja is a dalit and Sivasankaran belongs to Vanniyar community. Though Stalin may gain some brownie points among the Vanniyar community, the Parayar community which has stood steadfast with DMK under Thirumavalavan would feel hurt. A.Raja, who went to prison for “the family” may feel hurted. On the first drop of a hat and an indication of any overture to PMK, Thiruma in all certainty may call it quits and start mooting a third front which will spell doom for DMK given the intact vote bank of ADMK.
The ADMK which is licking its wound after the rout in local body polls may find new armor and may gather under Edappadi Palanisamy, which is dangerous for the party and the family.And as a friendly advise, it is informed to the Hon’ble TN CM that he is under watch. The Governor, a former IB man and the RSS is keenly watching and has laid a trap and Stalin walked straight into it with his Dubai junket.
On 27th March, BJP National Secretary and an important RSS leader BL Santhosh visited Chennai and he stayed in TN BJP President Annamalai’s house at Kottivakkam. According to a highly placed source, in the wee hours there was a visitor to the house, BL Santhosh and the visitor was closeted for an hour and at the time of dawn went for a walk in the beach and BL Santhosh was briefed by the visitor about the meticulous corruption indulged by all the ministers of the DMK government and handed over a dossier. Again, this is a friendly advise. This advise is given in a public forum, as there is ZERO sources to convey the truth to Stalin. Stalin is living in a blissful utopia and walking into a trap taking the state along with him.
A further piece of friendly advise. The newfound friendship of Stalin with BJP (courtesy : son in law) spells doom. Stalin should learn from the MVA government and how they brave the BJP’s threats head on.
முகத்தின் இனிய நகாஅ அகத்தின்னா
வஞ்சரை அஞ்சப் படும்.
கலைஞர் மு.கருணாநிதி உரை:
சிரித்துப் பேசி நம்மைச் சீரழிக்க நினைக்கும் வஞ்சகரின் நட்புக்கு அஞ்சி ஒதுங்கிட வேண்டும்.
One should fear the deceitful who smile sweetly with their face but never love with their heart.