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AIADMK: Here’s What Led The Party From Split To Merger

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| August 21 , 2017 , 19:09 IST

Weeks After disagreements over the much-awaited merger, the two factions of AIADMK led by former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and current Chief Minister E. Palaniswami finally merged into one party on Monday.

Former Chief Minister and faction leader O Panneerselvam was also sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state the same day while he also set to get back his finance portfolio.

Announcing the merger, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, E Palaniswami said, “Our first priority will be to retrieve the two leaves symbol. We will fulfill all the promises made by Amma.”

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Reciting late AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, he said, “Amma (Jayalalithaa) had said that after me AIADMK will last over 100 years. We all will make sure it happens.”

It has only been six months since the party split as disagreements rose within the party following the demise of AIADMK Chief and late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

 

Here’s everything that led to this moment:

After Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death in December 2016, O Panneerselvam was appointed as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, while close aid of late Chief Minister, VK Sasikala was appointed as the AIADMK General Secretary.

Amid dispute with the General Secretary, Panneerselvam resigned as the Chief Minister in February 2017. After his resignation, Panneerselvam went in rebellion against the party’s general secretary saying he was forced to quit the party.

Soon afterwards, VK Sasikala was convicted in disproportionate assets case after which the party appointed TTV Dhinakaran as the Deputy General Secretary.

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While the position of Chief Minister was empty, E Palaniswami proved majority in legislative assembly floor test and became the next Chief Minister of the state in February.

The talks of merger sparked in April when the two factions of AIADMK met for their first meeting in this regard. The OPS faction laid down three conditions for the merger – keeping out AIADMK General Secretary and the now jailed VK Sasikala and her family, ordering a judicial probe into Jayalalithaa's death and converting her home into a memorial.

Following the demands, Sasikala and Dhinakaran were ousted from the party while the Chief Minister also announced a judicial probe into the late AIADMK Chief Jayalalithaa’s death.

The activities escalated when 20 MLAs and six MPs of the party attended Dhinakaran’s rally in Melur on August 14, 2017.

The two factions were expected to announce the merger in a joint statement on August 18, when the party leaders came to the memorial of Jayalalithaa in Chennai’s Mariana Beach. However, that didn’t happen as the party leaders went back home after it started raining.

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Finally, the two parties announced their merger on August 21 after almost a day long party meeting.