AIADMK merger updates: Just when it looked like that political crisis in Tamil Nadu might finally be over after the merger of the two warring factions of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), a new problem arose when 19 legislators, owing allegiance to former deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran, met Governor Vidyasagar Rao and withdrew support to the Chief Minister. The MLAs resigned when EPS declared, former chief minister O. Panneerselvam (OPS), as his new Deputy Chief Minister, and the convenor of the party, reported ANI. The situation went worse on Wednesday morning when the AIADMK supporters held a protest near Windflower resort in Puducherry where MLAs supporting TTV Dhinakaran are lodged. Meanwhile, TTV Dhinakaran also sacked TN Minister RB Udhaya Kumar from party post & appointed new district secretaries for Thanjavur and Madurai this morning.
Here are updates:
6:20 PM: According to ANI Tamil Nadu CM EPS said,”Amma had defeated many conspiracies during her time, that is why she lives in hearts of millions,so no one can make this Govt fall.”
5:36 PM: ANI reported, Tamil Nadu Dy CM O.Panneerselvam at MGR’s birth centenary celebrations in Ariyalu as saying that ,No one has the power to topple this government:
5:20 PM: Supporters of TTV Dinakaran protest against OPS & EPS outside Windflower Resort in Puducherry where TN MLAs supporting TTV-Sasikala are lodged.
4:50 PM: Last evening, 19 AIADMK MLAs belonging to the faction led byTTV. Dinakaran were ferried to a resort in Puducherry to safeguard them from switching their loyalty, after they withdrew support to state CM E Palaniswami, IANS report said.
4:15 PM: During their meeting with the governor, MLAs reportedly told the governor that CM Palaniwami had “forfeited” confidence of the public and urged him to “intervene and institute the constitutional process,” ANI report said.
3:43 PM: TTV Dinakaran removes Transport minister MR Vijayabhaskar from party secretary post, ANI said.
3:16 PM: As per IANS report, Chief Minister E Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam reportedly went into a huddle after Dinakaran group met Governor.
2:54 PM: DMK working president MK Stalin yesterday wrote to the Governor urging an early floor test to prove the government’s majority, ANI said.
2:40 PM: About 21 AIADMK MLAs met Dinakaran on June 6, raising speculations that many of them, declare support for him, ANI said.
2:25 PM: Earlier in the day, TTV Dhinakaran sacked state minister RB Udhaya Kumar from party post. Appoints new district secretaries for Thanjavur and Madurai, ANI said.
2:04 PM: Leaders of both the factions met several times on August 18, after which the OPS faction said an announcement on merger will be made on August 21.
1:45 PM: On August 11, CM Edappadi Palaniswami had said the appointment of TTV Dinakaran as deputy general secretary of the party was “not acceptable”, paving way for a possible merger between the two factions, an ANI report said.
1:30 PM: Everyone including O Panneerselvam and E Palaniswami signed to make VK Sasikala General Secretary. Now avoiding us? Want change of CM: CR Saraswathi, TTV-Sasikala camp, tells ANI.
1:16 PM: As many as 20 rooms have been booked in the resort. This is the second time the Sasikala-Dinakaran faction is resorting to `resort politics,’ says IANS report.
12:57 PM: Congress Legislative Party leader KR Ramasamy writes to Tamil Nadu Governor,asks him to direct CM EK Palaniswami to prove majority in state Assembly, reports ANI.
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12:25 PM: Photo exhibition marking birth celebrations of AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran,in Ariyalur town of Tamil Nadu.
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12:15 PM: As per ANI, the MLAs reportedly told Rao that EPS had “forfeited” their confidence of the public as well, urging him to intervene and institute the constitutional process.
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11:45 AM: Opposition leader and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president M.K. Stalin wrote to the Governor demanding an early floor test to prove the government’s majority and prevent horse trading, while other Opposition leaders also endorsed the demand.