AIADMK merger likely today; DMK terms it 'BJP-engineered' move

by Dwayne Torres August 22, 2017, 0:22
AIADMK merger likely today; DMK terms it 'BJP-engineered' move

February 16, 2016: Supreme court convicted Sasikala in the disproportionate assets case which ended her chance to become the CM. Sasikala who is facing jail time in Bangalore will get the opportunity to challenge her conviction in the Apex. When it was pointed out that Tamil film star Rajinikanth was being projected as an alternative force to the AIADMK and DMK by Gandhiya Makkal Iyakkam leader Tamilaruvi Maniyan, Kanimozhi said he had projected many persons in the past also. Pannerselvam was sworn in as Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister.

From re-entry of V Sasikala to Election Commission seizing the election twin leaves symbol of AIADMK, the merger has seen several twists and turns in the past 8 months.

Sasikala's removal seems to be on the cards as prior to the merger announcement, the Palaniswami faction was expected to pass a resolution against AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala. According to party officials, the cabinet of the Tamil Nadu assembly will be reshuffled and members of the OPS faction will be given Cabinet berths. Of course, there would have been hectic activities by the Sasikala faction to ensure the defeat of OPS, as he placed himself on a collision course with the Mannargudi clan, which, for almost two decades, was in effect running the party as a outcome of the emotional hold of Sasikala Natarajan over Jayalalithaa Jayaram.

M.K. Stalin, leader of opposition and DMK's working president criticized both OPS and EPS, calling them the "best actors".

With her death, the control of the party's command came to Sasikala or "Chinnamma". "No one can separate us, we are children of Amma (Jayalalithaa), and we are brothers", Panneerselvam said. Palaniswami cabinet revolts against Dhinakaran and decides to keep him and his family out of the party and government. He said the party by-law authorizes "only the general secretary to form the committees, including the day's coordination committee".

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Aug 10: Prospects of merger brighten as the Amma faction says Dhinakaran's appointment as deputy general secretary was against party rules. OPS has been appointed as the Coordinator, with EPS as Joint Coordinator, and KP Munusamy and Rajya Sabha MP Vaithilingam as Deputy Coordinators.

Sources said the two factions could announce the merger after the AIADMK meeting.

O. Panneerselvam had earlier served as the Chief Minister of the state after the death of ex-Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Palaniswami, too, had said he was confident that "both the factions would merge soon".

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