AIADMK Merger Talks Hit a Bump, OPS Says 'Positive Response Soon'

Posted August 22, 2017

Though Dinakaran, who was said to be unwell, himself maintained silence, over a dozen MLAs owing allegiance to him reached former Chief Minister J. Jayalaliathaa's memorial on the Marina beach and announced they will meet the Governor.

December 6: O Pannerselvam was elected as the leader of the AIADMK Legislature Party and was sworn-in as new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by Governor Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhawan. Sasikala's mistake lay in believing that because she had a strong hold on the emotions of the departed Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, the people of Tamil Nadu would similarly embrace her. A Tamil television channel reported on Monday that members of the AIADMK faction met the RSS member on Monday morning just hours before the merger was formally announced.

February 7: In a dramatic turn of events, interim chief minister Pannerselvam revolted against Sasikala and alleged that he was forced to resign from the post.

Reciting late AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, he said, "Amma (Jayalalithaa) had said that after me AIADMK will last over 100 years".

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The short merger ceremony was marked by bonhomie as OPS and EPS assured that the party would remain united and ensure the continuance of the AIADMK government for the rest of its term.

Meanwhile, both EPS and OPS factions seem to have hit a hurdle over the announcement of converting Veda Nilayam into a museum showcasing the life and career of Jayalalithaa. Panneerselvam will be the convener and Palaniswami the co-convener of the AIADMK.

Dec 29: Sasikala is appointed the general secretary of AIADMK after the party's general council unanimously passes a resolution. We have crossed several hurdles after the death of "Puratchithalaivi" (Jayalalithaa).

There were also some issues like the role envisaged for top functionaries of Panneerselvam camp including K P Munusamy and E Madhusudanan in the unified party, they said.

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Sasikala is in a Bengaluru jail after being convicted in a disproportionate assets case.

Earlier, TTV Dinakaran supporter and MLA Pugalendi blasted the merger and said "Palanisami should not be the chief minister for another day".

August 21: The two factions of the AIADMK merged.

A reunification of the party, however, also means that Jayalilathaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar, will not have a role to play as Sasikala and her nephew TTA Dinakaran will be effectively out of AIADMK.

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