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

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

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

AIADMK legislators unanimously chose Sasikala as the leader of AIADMK Legislature Party.

February 14: The Supreme Court "restored in full" the trial court judgment convicting Sasikala in the 21-year-old disproportionate assets case and directed her to serve the remaining part of her four-year jail term. "All developments that took place today are an eyewash", he said, reacting to the decision of the merged party to sack the now jailed Sasikala from the post of General Secretary. The Palaniswami faction had already passed a resolution cancelling the appointment of her nephew TTV Dhinakaran as the deputy general secretary. 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. Panneerselvam's close aide K Pandiarajan was also sworn-in as Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture.

March 22, 2017: With the bypoll for vacant R K Nagar constituency approaching, both the factions staked claim for the party's "two leaves" symbol.

MLA Thanga Tamilselvan said that it was Sasikala who made both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam chief minister and hence they should have consulted her before deciding upon the merger. But later they both have come to the headquarters and the announcement was subsequently made. Dinakaran was suspended by Jayalalithaa in 2011.

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. After the merger, E Palaniswami thanked Panneerselvam and said the party is now committed to fulfil the dreams of former CM J Jaylalitha known as "Amma" and MG Ramachandran one of the founding members of the party.

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The talks of merger sparked in April when the two factions of AIADMK met for their first meeting in this regard. OPS and EPS are actors in this drama.

Soon after the merger, Dhinakaran, who is said to have the support of about ten MLAs, chaired a meeting with supporters to discuss the next course of action. A 11-member steering committee has been formed to manage party affairs for which OPS and EPS will be joint coordinators.

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.

Aug 17: Palaniswami announces a Commission of Inquiry to go into the death of J. Jayalalithaa, says her Poes Garden residence in Chennai will be turned into a memorial run by the government.

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