1. AIADMK is united now as OPS and EPS camps announce merger; Panneerselvam to be Tamil Nadu deputy CM

AIADMK is united now as OPS and EPS camps announce merger; Panneerselvam to be Tamil Nadu deputy CM

AIADMK merger: After drama and speculations of many weeks, finally, it seems AIADMK is united now.

By: | Published: August 21, 2017 3:30 PM
AIADMK merger, OPS, EPS, Panneerselvam, Palaniswami, amma, tamil nadu, AIADMK merger news As the AIADMK merger is in place now, Panneerselvam will take oath as Tamil Nadu deputy CM today. (Photos from PTI)

After drama and speculations of many weeks, finally, it seems AIADMK is united now as OPS and EPS camps announced their merger on Monday. News agency PTI confirmed that AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam have announced the merger of their factions. According to a report in Times Now, as the merger is in place now, Panneerselvam will take oath as Tamil Nadu deputy CM on Monday. Earlier, in the day, O Panneerselvam and Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami had reached AIADMK party head office in Chennai to announce the merger. Reportedly, O Panneerselvam camp will get 3 Cabinet berths. Announcing the merger, OPS said,” Merger only for Amma and AIADMK.”

Earlier in the day, it was reported by news agency PTI that the expected merger of AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam is likely to fructify today. Ahead of the formalisation of the deal, the Palaniswami camp is likely to make an announcement in respect of party chief V K Sasikala since the Panneerselvam faction is firm on a ‘formal expulsion’ of the jailed leader.

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.

Though the merger appeared imminent, the faction led by Dhinakaran on Sunday had flayed the merger attempt as a drama.

The deputy general secretary’s faction had said their leader “has the ability to put a full stop” to whatever decision that could be taken related to a merger.

 

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