OPS & EPS reunite as Gurumurthy brokers peace. Will AIADMK join NDA now?

22 August, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
  • O Panneerselvam and E Palanisamy

Feb 14: The Supreme Court convicts Sasikala setting aside the Karnataka High Court verdict acquitting her in a 19-year- old disproportionate assets. Sasikala who is facing jail time in Bangalore will get the opportunity to challenge her conviction in the Apex.

April 17, 2017: AIADMK General Secretary TTV Dinakaran was booked in an alleged bribery case by the Delhi Crime Branch. The Sasikala camp moved 100 AIADMK MLAs to a Golden Bay Resort in Koovathur in a bid to stop them from being poached.

Reflecting the BJP's thinking, Gurumurthy has taken the view that the AIADMK should be purged of corrupt elements (hinting towards the Sasikala clan) and reunited to reclaim the frozen "Two Leaves" symbol so that it could align with the BJP whenever Tamil Nadu goes to the polls.

When AIADMK lost the elections in 2006, Paneerselvam was made the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu. OPS added that no member of the Sasikala family will not be a part of the party after the merger. Both were given a rousing reception by party cadres who swarmed the party headquarters and lined up along the road leading to the premises.

With her death, the control of the party's command came to Sasikala or "Chinnamma".

Speaking in one voice, though at separate venues, the two leaders said negotiations for the merger were going on smoothly.

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Dinakaran and his supporters will also discuss the developments that led to the merger of the two other AIADMK factions and the induction of former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam as Deputy Chief Minister. However, there were differences of opinion among the office bearers of the Panneerselvam faction over the terms of the merger.

As per AIADMK party bylaws, the general secretary can not be removed by a resolution passed by a committee or group of office bearers. "Wait for our leader Dinakaran to announce who will be the next chief minister".

An 11-member Committee has been set up to guide the party.

Sources said the two factions could announce the merger after the AIADMK meeting. It is an open secret that it was BJP which orchestrated the sequence of events that led to the merger.

According to Dhinakaran, a judicial probe into then Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's death will prove AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala innocent. Later both leaders paid homage at Jayalalithaa Samadhi from where OPS launched his revolt after meditating there on the night of February 7.

Aug 19: Palaniswami and Panneerselvam express confidence merger will happen soon.

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