A timeline of events since Jayalalithaa's death — AIADMK merger

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam. PTI File

August 11: CM Palaniswami said the appointment of Dinakaran as party's deputy general secretary was "not acceptable".

Chennai: The much awaited AIADMK merger was completed on Monday despite close to 17 MLAs supporting TTV Dinakaran.

Soon, Palaniswami took over as chief minister and his government was ridiculed as a proxy of Sasikala by rebel Panneerselvam and opposition parties led by the DMK.

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.

Though Dinakaran, who was said to be unwell, himself maintained silence, over a dozen MLAs owing allegiance to him reached former Chief Minister J Jayalaliathaa's memorial on the Marina beach and announced they will meet the Governor. "As regards party affairs, Panneerselvam will be the number one and Palaniswami number two".

Earlier on Saturday, the veteran leader of the O Panneerselvam faction and former minister KP Munuswamy had finally rejected the allegations which were being said that they were stopping both the factions to stay together.

February 7, 2017: OPS meditates at Jayalalithaa's burial place, announces revolt against Sasikala. "We are all children of our Amma and have got back after a short period of separation thanks to be blessings of Amma's soul", declared OPS.

As per AIADMK party bylaws, the general secretary can not be removed by a resolution passed by a committee or group of office bearers.


Following the merger now the path is paved for AIADMK to became a partner with NDA also after forming an alliance with BJP.

Panneerselvam thanked Chief Minister Palanisamy and leaders of his faction.

Sources said the two factions could announce the merger after the AIADMK meeting. He had stepped in before, twice, handpicked by Ms Jayalalithaa when she had to resign over corruption cases.

CPI (M) politburo member Prakash Karat termed the merger of AIADMK factions as opportunistic and alleged that the BJP was behind it.

Even as EPS and OPS sealed the deal, 18 AIADMK legislators-a sufficient number to topple the Palaniswami government that is surviving on a wafer thin majority- met expelled deputy general secretary and Sasikala's nephew T.T.V. Dhinakaran.

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.

Palaniswami arrived first at the party office today.

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