After months of feuding, OPS-EPS announce merger — AIADMK crisis

Aug 22, 2017, 00:52
After months of feuding, OPS-EPS announce merger — AIADMK crisis

Sasikala was a confidante of Jayalalithaa for 33 years and lived with her.

In another tweet, he said, "Centre assures all possible support to CM Edappadi K Palaniswami & Dy CM O Panneerselvam for the growth of Tamil Nadu".

AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathy, however, said that a total of seven lakh signatures have been collected to retain Sasikala as the general secretary. His nephew Dinakaran would have been wise to follow his example, but ambition overpowered his more cautious instincts, and it became clear as soon as EPS settled into the Chief Minister's chair that Dinakaran himself was raring to become the CM.

With her death, the control of the party's command came to Sasikala or "Chinnamma".

PM Modi took to twitter to congratulate the AIADMK.

In a dramatic incident, Sasikala has been announced accused in the disproportionate assets case and she has been jailed.

This led to a rift within the party with both EPS and OPS forming their own AIADMK factions.

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A decision on the judge who will head the commission will be taken in due course, Palaniswami said, flanked by several senior Cabinet Ministers at the Secretariat. The much expected merger between the two factions last night had failed to come off following reported divergent views among the members of the OPS faction.

It was a day of high drama at the party headquarters.

With this merger, the state, which was facing an environment of political uncertainty since the death of Jayalalithaa, can expect political stability.

Mar 15: AIADMK nominates T.T.V. Dhinakaran as party's candidate for the RK Nagar by-poll scheduled for April 12.

He further added that the party's priority will be to get back the two-leaves symbol. On March 22, Election Commission froze the party symbol recognizing the split in the party.

Udumalai K Radhakrishnan has been allotted animal husbandry, hitherto held by P Balakrishna Reddy with the latter now being made the Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Development, earlier held by Sengottaiyan.

April 9: The EC cancels the by-poll over the alleged use of money power to influence voters. The success of the BJP mission has dealt a body blow to DMK that was hoping AIADMK would disintegrate, paving the way for it to fill the vacuum.

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April 19: The Delhi police serves summons to Dhinakaran in the EC bribery case. On Thursday, leaders close to him claimed credit for the announcement of the probe.

April 25: The Delhi police arrests Dhinakaran in the bribery case. "We stayed together to ensure Amma (Jayalalithaa) government continued", he said. Removal of Sasikala was a key demand of the Panneerselvam faction for the merger. Following this, he was sacked by Sasikala from the post of treasurer.

The OPS camp has said that for the merger to happen, Mr. O. Panneerselvam has to be made party chief.

Both the leaders of the AIADMK faction announced the merger of the party from the party office.

Palaniswami, welcoming the merger, announced that OPS would be the convener of an 11 member steering committee and that he would be the co-convener. She is now in a Bengaluru jail for corruption.

AIADMK's rival factions' marathon deliberations begin but make no headway with ticklish issues posing hurdles.

Edappadi had agreed to take only two nominees from the OPS camp into his Ministry while Panneerselvam wanted former minister K Semmalai included as well.

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August 21: The two factions of the AIADMK merged.

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