The much-awaited merger of the two factions of AIADMK– the one led by Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswamy (EPS) and the other by former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam(OPS) finally took place today as the latter released an official statement regarding the merger.
Panneerselvam will be the party coordinator and Palaniswamy will act as the deputy party coordinator.
The speculations of the merger started making the rounds a few days back when AIADMK(Amma) sacked their deputy general secretary, TTV Dinakaran.
The speculations grew stronger when the leaders of the two factions decided to meet today at the AIADMK headquarters.
OPS took it to twitter to express his happiness over the merger and tweeted- “Differences have been ironed out, I am happy to meet all of you and my mind is clear now.” He thanked everyone for unifying the factions saying we are children of the same mother.
EPS too looked confident regarding the merger and tweeted- “There were differences, we sorted them out and now we will work towards strengthening the party”.
“Our first priority will be to retrieve the two leaves symbol. We will fulfill all the promises made by Amma. Amma has said before that after me AIADMK will last over 100 years, we all will make sure it happens”- he added.
An official release from Raj Bhavan said Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has accepted the recommendation of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to designate O Panneerselvam as Deputy CM and allocate finance to him.
Palaniswami informed that an 11 member coordination committee will run the party.
Ever since Dinakaran was sacked as the deputy general secretary, there was a lot of speculations over the role of senior AIADMK leader VK Sasikala and a majority of political pundits believed that her days in AIADMK are numbered.
It was AIADMK MP Vaithilingam who cleared the confusion when he tweeted after the merger – “We will convene the general council to remove Sasikala from the party.”
While the released CCTV footage of Sasikala walking into Bengaluru prison has added a new twist to her bribery scandal and her party deciding to part ways, the road isn’t looking promising for Sasikala and the political scenario in Tamil Nadu has got a new twist with this merger.