AIADMK Factions Merge, OPS Meets EPS at Party Office

O Panneerselvam and E Palanisamy
O Panneerselvam and E Palanisamy
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22 August, 2017

Sasikala had initially expelled Mr. Panneerselvam from the party, shortly after he had revolted against her, and later Mr. Madhusudanan. In a dramatic incident, Sasikala has been announced accused in the disproportionate assets case and she has been jailed.

Aug 18: Dhinakaran meets Sasikala at Parapana Agrahara Prison in Bengaluru on her birthday. The Palaniswami faction had already passed a resolution cancelling the appointment of her nephew TTV Dhinakaran as the deputy general secretary. At present, the BJP and the Congress are two such groups which are more than the AIADMK in the House in the numbers. Following the merger, former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam swore in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at 4;30 pm. In February 1989, the two factions merged and the "two leaves" symbol was given back to the united AIADMK.

Party sources indicated the merger might fructify tomorrow if an agreement was reached on the question of Sasikala's "formal expulsion", as demanded by the Panneerselvam faction.

After six months of wrangling, the two rival factions of the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu merged on Monday.

"The striking part of the merger is that EPS has taken a backseat in the party, declaring OPS as the convenor of the party".

Palaniswami on Thursday announced a judicial probe into the death of Jayalalithaa.

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May 19: The Panneerselvam camp approaches the Election Commission in Delhi urging it to restrain the Sasikala faction from using the AIADMK office.

The ambition to win on the negotiating table what could not be secured on the field should not delay the inevitable merger of the two AIADMK factions.

Born on July 14, 1951, Panneerselvam was a close aide of Jayalalithaa and is one of the founding members of the AIADMK. Besides, there was the possibility of a splinter group emerging from within, leading to another political confusion, he said, adding modalities and formalities might have been settled before the merger and formation of the new ministry.

He was interim chief minister twice when Jayalalithaa stepped down due to cases against her, and then chief minister following her death on December 5, 2016.

Hundreds of party cadres, who had thronged the AIADMK office on the occasion, gave a rousing welcome to Panneerselvam. Later both leaders paid homage at Jayalalithaa Samadhi from where OPS launched his revolt after meditating there on the night of February 7.

That was not announced today but party sources said it will happen soon.


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