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


O. Panneerselvam had earlier served as the Chief Minister of the state after the death of ex-Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. She is now in a Bengaluru jail for corruption.

Palanisamy will continue to be the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, while O. Panneerselvam (OPS) took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister under the merged AIADMK government in the state.

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. An 11-member coordination committee will lead the party.

The two warring factions of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) announced their merger. Semmalai had been Health and Education Minister from 2001-2004.

These announcements were made by Edappadi at the joint meeting of the reunited party.

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"We can not remain divided". Likewise, senior leader from the OPS camp KP Munisamy would be assistant coordinator while parliamentarian and former minister Vaithilaigam from the EPS group would also be assistant coordinator. "The opportunistic decision by the two factions, at the behest of BJP. will be rejected by the people of Tamil Nadu", he told reporters at the airport.

The newly appointed Deputy Coordinator Munuswami said the party should work without prejudices against leaders and cadres belonging to both former factions.

April 20: Merger moves hit stumbling block with the Panneerselvam camp putting conditions, including a formal expulsion of Sasikala and Dhinakaran from the party, besides a CBI probe into Jayalalithaa's death.

Both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam reached AIADMK headquarters in Chennai today, shook hands marking the merger of both camps. Sasikala elected as the head of the AIADMK legislature party, plans to stake claim to form government. It was his first visit to the office after six months. Over a dozen ministers held an emergency meeting to discuss the possible merger. Weeks before the split, when then Chief minister J Jayalalithaa, Amma (mother) to her supporters and fans, died in a Chennai hospital, Mr Panneerselvam took oath to the top post.

In a resolution on August 10, the chief minister's camp had already delegitimised Deputy general Secretary and Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran setting the stage for a merger.

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