After Merger, AIADMK's Fresh Challenge From Sasikala Supporters: 10 Facts

February 13: Supreme Court convicts Sasikala in the disproportionate assets case.

There was no mention of jailed AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala in the press statement.

The timing of the announcements coincides moves by Sasikala's nephew TTV Dinakaran, the unofficial party head, making all out efforts to assert the Sasikala clan's authority over the party and resist all moves by party groups to oust Sasikala. When it was pointed out that Tamil film star Rajinikanth was being projected as an alternative force to the AIADMK and DMK by Gandhiya Makkal Iyakkam leader Tamilaruvi Maniyan, Kanimozhi said he had projected many persons in the past also.

O Panneerselvam, popularly known as OPS, who was finance minister in the Jayalalithaa cabinet, is swiftly sworn in as chief minister.

December 7, 2016: Following the demise of J Jayalaltitha, senior party leader O Panneerselvam took oath as the new CM of Tamil Nadu at the Raj Bhawan in presence of Governor Vidyasagar Rao and other party leaders.

The suspense in Tamil Nadu has finally ended with the two warring factions of the AIADMK reuniting on Monday.

Paneerselvam has also held crucial ministerial positions in earlier Jayalalithaa governments in Tamil Nadu. Both were given a rousing reception by party cadres who swarmed the party headquarters and lined up along the road leading to the premises. Dinakaran was suspended by Jayalalithaa in 2011. Another problem for EPS is that among the top four posts in the steering committee - coordinator OPS, joint coordinator EPS and deputy coordinators R Vaithilingam and K P Munusamy - two are with the OPS camp and Vaithilingam is a one-time close friend of OPS. However, there were differences of opinion among the office bearers of the Panneerselvam faction over the terms of the merger. "Heading to party office, expect good news", S Semallai, leader of the OPS faction told ANI.

The merger was to happen late Friday and the chief minister got his staff to decorate Amma's memorial at Marina beach with flowers, but the expectant smiles of enthusiastic AIADMK loyalists faded into the night.

Addressing media in Rajapalayam, he said an accord has been reached following talks between the two factions.

Aug 10: Prospects of merger brighten as the Amma faction says Dhinakaran's appointment as deputy general secretary was against party rules.

Mar 8: In its first public protest, OPS-led AIADMK faction observes a day-long fast across the state demanding probe into the death of Jayalalithaa.

  • Jacqueline Ellis