1. AIADMK merger Live updates: PM Narendra Modi congratulates Panneerselvam, says centre will extend all possible support to Tamil Nadu government

AIADMK merger Live updates: PM Narendra Modi congratulates Panneerselvam, says centre will extend all possible support to Tamil Nadu government

AIADMK merger Live updates: With decks having been cleared, the two factions of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), one led by Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and other led by former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam join hands.

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AIADMK merger Live updates:  O Panneerselvam takes oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu shortly after the two factions of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), one led by Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and other led  Panneerselvam, announced a merger and promised to deliver a stable regime in the state. According to party officials, the cabinet of the Tamil Nadu assembly will be reshuffled and members of  the OPS faction will be given Cabinet berths. Governor CV Rao administered the oath to Panneerselvam. Rao is also the Govrnor of Maharashtra and flew in from Mumbai hours before the swearing-in ceremony. The Governor had also canceled all his meetings and commitments in Mumbai. The faction headed by CM Palaniswami is expected to pass a resolution against AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala.

Here are the updates of the event as they happen

6:45 PM: Watch O Panneerselvam’s oath taking ceremony

6:37 PM: CR Saraswathi, of the Sasikala camp says, ‘We are happy with the merger but our question is why are they avoiding us?’

6:28 PM: After taking charge as Dy CM & Minister OPS says merger brought tremendous joy to lakhs of party followers. I share the same joy

6:20 PM: Apart from taking over as the Deputy Chief Minister, OPS has also taken over as convener of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhaga, according to CNN-News18

6:16 PM: VK Sasikala faction says, “We are happy with the merger but billion dollar question is why are they avoiding us?”

6:10 PM: Panneerselvam says the heaviness of my heart has been removed

6:01 PM: Sources to CNN-News18: JD(U) and AIADMK to get Cabinet berths in the Modi Government

5:53 PM: Palaniswami announces that a new coordinating committee will guide the party and the state government. OPS will be the principal coordinator of this panel.

5:48 PM: V Maitreyan of the AIADMK says, ”Obstacle has been removed, two-factions of the party have been united again”

5:39 PM: O Panneerselvam takes charge as Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

5:31 PM:

PM Narendra Modi congratulates OPS

5:26 PM: V Pugalendi of the Sasikala faction says the merger is an act of fooling the people and the party cadre, this government is corrupt

5:21 PM: D Jayakumar: Bad time begins for TTV Dinakaran. Whoever thinks bad for Amma’s govt will be ousted

5:15 PM: KP Munusamy: The General body meeting must be immediately convened and the secretary (Sasikala) must be removed

5:10 PM: EPS and OPS shake hands shortly after Panneerselvam’s oath taking ceremony

5:05 PM: V Maitreyan of the AIADMK says, ”Obstacle has been removed, two-factions of the party have been united again”

4: 59 PM: 

4:55 PM: K Pandiarajan sworn-in as a minister in the Tamil Nadu cabinet after the merger of the two AIADMK factions

4:47 PM: OPS has taken over the portfolios of finance and housing

4:45 PM: Panneerselvam takes oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at the Raj Bhavan in Chennai

4:41 PM: Panneerselvam says both factions of the party have come together for Amma (Jayalalithaa)

4:37 PM: Panneerselvam says the heaviness of my heart has been removed

4:30 PM: O Panneerselvam to take oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu shortly

4:25 PM: E Palaniswami says, “Our first priority will be to retrieve the two leaves symbol. Amma had said AIADMK will last for over a 100 years, we will fulfill the promises made by Amma.

4:20 PM: CR Saraswathi, of the Sasikala camp says, ‘We are happy with the merger but our question is why are they avoiding us?’

4:15 PM: Palaniswami and Panneerselvam also pay floral tributes at MGR Memorial in Chennai

4:10 PM: TN CM Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam pay tribute to former CM Jayalalithaa’s at her memorial at Marina Beach in Chennai

4:05 PM: O Panneerselvam says Sasikala’s ouster will be decided after the party’s general body meeting

4 PM: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami arrives at Jayalalithaa’s memorial at Marina Beach to pay tributes after the merger

3:55 PM: Panneerselvam says Sasikala will be removed, he had set Sasikala’s ouster as a pre-condition for the merger between the two factions

3:53 PM: O Panneerselvam says Amma’s blessings & wishes of party cadres made it possible. Thank CM Palaniswami

3:48 PM: O. Panneerselvam to be given portfolio of Finance & the position of Deputy CM, to be sworn in at 4.30 PM

3:35 PM: OPS to get Finance, Housing; PH Pandiarajan to get Culture ministry, India Today TV channel reports.

3:30 PM: 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.

3:25 PM: PTI had reported that 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.

3:20 PM: “Our unification is unprecedented,” says E Palaniswami.

3:15 PM: Panneerselvam likely to sworn-in as deputy chief minister at 5 PM, India Today TV reports.

3:10 PM: We promise to have successful regime in the state, says CM E Palaniswami.

2:58 PM: AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam announce merger.

2:55 PM: O Panneerselvam and Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami have reached AIADMK party head office

2:50 PM: CR Saraswathy: Some agreement is going on but we don’t know what it is

2:45 PM: Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary has reached the state Raj Bhavan

2:40 PM: AIADMK panel to meet and oust party General Secretary Sasikala

2:35 PM: Both sides likely to address a joint press conference soon.

2:30 PM: S Semallai of the OPS faction, ”All demands have been met,we are happy with everything.Heading to party office, expect good news”

2:25 PM: O Panneerselvam is on his way to the party headquarters

2:20 PM: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy has reached the party headquarters in Chennai

2:15 PM: Gurumurthy says the two factions of the party will take place

2:10 PM: Announcement of AIADMK merger likely to be made soon; EPS, OPS not visiting AIADMK HQ, convoy route canceled

2:05 PM: BJP president Amit Shah’s three-day visit to Tamil Nadu scheduled from 22 August, has been canceled.

2 PM: Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami had canceled his scheduled visit to AIADMK party head office

1:55 PM: Panneerselvam-Palaniswamy faction may get back the party’s popular “two leaves” symbol which has been frozen by the Election Commission.

1:50 PM: Sources thave told Indian Express that preparations are on for a likely swearing-in ceremony of OPS as Deputy Chief Minister

1:45 PM: 17 AIADMK MLAs, supporters of TTV Dinakaran, are at his Besant Nagar residence, meeting underway.

1:40 PM: A convincing statement may be issued against her ahead of the AIADMK merger

1:35 PM: Members of both the factions of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam reach party headquarters for a meeting

1:30 PM: Amid AIADMK Merger talks, Governor of Maharashtra & Tamil Nadu C Vidyasagar Rao has left for Chennai, canceled all appointments for day in Mumbai, says his PRO

1:25 PM: Chennai sports saffron look ahead of Amit Shah’s visit to the city today

1:20 PM: Prior to the merger announcement, the Palaniswami faction was expected to pass a resolution against AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala

1:15 PM: The Tamil Nadu government post merger can look into the possibility of reviving the Legislative Council or Upper House of the assembly

1:10 PM: Both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam are likely to fly to Delhi tonight.

1:05 PM:  BJP President Amit Shah has postponed his visit to Chennai.

1 PM: In case Dinakaran gets more than 17 MLAs on his side, the EPS government will become a minority in terms of strength.

12:55 PM: O Panneerselvam likely to become the Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

12:50 PM: Dinakaran said that those in power were taking decisions for their own interests. “We will take a decision as per the wishes of cadres. What is happening now is against the wishes of cadres,” he said.

12:45 PM: OPS camp says EPS faction is hesitating to remove Sasikala from general secretary’s post.

12:39 PM: AIADMK may abolish the post of General Secretary on the pretext that late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa be the party’s permanent General Secretary.

12:32 PM: O Panneerselvam makes a last minute demand, says will only visit party HQ after Sasikala’s ouster

12:25 PM: Palaniswami faction had declared the appointment of Sasikala’s nephew, TTV Dinakaran,  to the post of party Deputy General Secretary as ‘improper, unacceptable and invalid’.

12:20 PM: Panneerselvam-Palaniswamy faction may get back the party’s popular “two leaves” symbol which has been frozen by the Election Commission.

12:15 PM: The contour of the merger plan the two factions in the AIADMK have agreed upon.

12:09 PM: The two factions of the party will unite after six months.

12:02 PM: TTV Dinakaran reaches AIADMK party headquarters with only 13 MLAs. Dinakaran had claimed that he has the support by 20 MLAs

11:59 AM: Sources say that Sasikala won’t be completely expelled from the party

11:55 AM: Members of the Sasikala camp meet at the residence of TTV Dinakaran

11:50 AM: 

11:45 AM: Members of both the factions of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam reach party headquarters for a meeting

11:40 AM:  Sources in OPS camp indicated the leader would visit Jayalalithaa’s memorial after the meeting with the rival camp

11:37 AM: Sources tell India Today that the merger document is being redrafted.

11:35 AM: Tamil Nadu: Amid AIADMK merger speculations, party MLAs and workers reach party headquarter in Chennai

11:30 AM: 

11:25 AM: Both factions to merge together at noon today

11:24 AM: Dhivakaran from the Sasikala camp says Panneerselvam and Palaniswami are scared after TTV Dinakaran’s rally

11:22 AM: Dhivakaran: Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran are the real AIADMK

11:16 AM: A senior ruling faction leader said the decision would be taken in a month. ”We cannot remove Sasikala immediately even if Panneerselvam insists,”he said.

11:09 AM: The O Panneerselvam faction of the AIADMK is likely to get the PWD and Highways portfolios. These two portfolios get higher budget allocation and are much desired.

11:04 PM: In order to overcome the General Secretary hurdle the party is planning to form a steering or advisory committee that would be formed with representatives of the two merging factions of the party. This committee will also carry out party affairs.

10:58 AM: Watch a video released by DIG (Prisons) D Roopa of Sasikala entering the jail in civil clothes

10:53 AM: According to the AIADMK by-laws the General Secretary of the party cannot be removed by a resolution passed by a committee of office bearers.

10:46 AM: The ruling faction of the AIADMK, led by Chief Minister Palaniswami, is likely to pass a resolution against AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala before the merger announcement.

10:39 AM:  The Tamil Nadu cabinet may be reshuffled inducting Panneerselvam as the Deputy Chief Minister and some of his faction members.

10:31 AM: Amid AIADMK Merger talks, Governor of Maharashtra & Tamil Nadu C Vidyasagar Rao has left for Chennai, canceled all appointments for day in Mumbai, says his PRO

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