PM Modi hails AIADMK merger, assures all help to Tamil Nadu government

first_imgAfter months of confusion, two warring factions of the AIADMK have merged. Soon after shaking hands with CM E Palaniswami at AIADMK headquarters in Chennai, O Panneerselvam announced that party general secretary VK Sasikala would be removed from the post. Panneerselvam later took oath as the Deputy CM. He will also hold Finance and Housing portfolios.WATCH LIVE Palaniswami said Paneerselvam will be AIADMK’s coordinator while he will be the joint coordinator.LATEST UPDATES: Chennai: MLAs supporting TTV Dinakaran pay tributes to former CM Jayalalithaa at her Marina Beach memorial #AIADMKMerger ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2017PM Modi hails AIADMK merger, tweets, “I congratulate Thiru O Panneerselvam & others who took oath today. I hope Tamil Nadu scales newer heights of progress in the years to come. Centre assures all possible support to Chief Minister Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami & Deputy CM Thiru O Panneerselvam for the growth of Tamil Nadu.”O Panneerselvam takes oath as Deputy Chief Minister. E Palaniswami announces new coordinating committee to guide the party and government. OPS to be the principal coordinator. Chennai: CM E.Palaniswami & O.Panneerselvam pay tributes to former CM Jayalalithaa at her Marina Beach memorial #AIADMKMerger ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2017AIADMK general council to meet to formally decided on Sasikala’s position in the party.Sasikala will be removed from AIADMK, says Panneerselvam. Panneerselvam to be Deputy CM. He will also get Finance and Housing portofolios; K Pandiarajan: Tamil language and culture, and Archaeology; Udumalai Radhakrishnan: Animal Husbandry; Balakrishna Reddy: Sports and Youth Welfare; CV Shanmugam: Mines and Minerals along with Law and Prison Affairs.We will fulfill Amma’s dream and win back two leaves symbol too, says E PalaniswamiWe have decided to work for the party together. I will work as a worker of the party: PanneerselvamWe have one mother, we are one AIADMK. We are one family, says OPS.EPS, OPS shake hands marking the merger of the two AIADMK factions.”Tamil people have had gandhi cap, saffron cap, Kashmir cap and now a clown cap. Is this enough or do you want? Enjoy Tamils,” tweets superstar Kamal Haasan.Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan reaches Raj Bhavan to discuss AIADMK merger and Cabinet reshuffle. Panneerselvam’s swearing-in likely at 5pm.Both EPS, OPS have reached AIADMK party headquarters in Chennai.Panneerselvam likely to be sworn-in as Deputy CM later in the evening today.The issue of Sasikala has been kept on the backburner for now.Both the factions have decided to leave it to the Election Commission to decide on the General Secretary post.All demands have been met,we are happy with everything.Heading to party office, expect good news: S Semallai, #AIADMK leader (OPS faction)advertisement- ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2017EPS reaches AIADMK party headquarters.Started to #AIADMK HQ. #AIADMKMerger- O Panneerselvam (@OfficeOfOPS) August 21, 2017Panneerselvam is expected to visit AIADMK headquarters later today.Sources say EPS is hesitant to remove Sasikala from AIADMK.  On the other hand OPS is firm on his demand for Sasikala’s removal.CM Palaniswami has cancelled his plan to go to AIADMK headquartersGovernor C Vidyasagar Rao arrives in Chennai.Sources say Panneerselvam has a last minute demand. Paneerselvam has said he will go to the AIADMK headquarters only after ouster of VK Sasikala. OPS camp says EPS faction is hesitating to remove Sasikala from general secretary’s post.Blow to Dinakaram ahead of AIADMK merger. Only 13 MLAs with Dinakaran.He had earlier claimed support of 20. legislators. Paneerselvam likely to visit AIADMK headquarters later today.Both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam are likely to fly to Delhi tonight.Tamil Nadu: Amid #AIADMKMerger speculations, party MLAs and workers reach party headquarter in Chennai. ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2017BJP president Amit Shah has cancelled his Chennai visit. He was to visit Tamil Nadu from 22-24 August.India Today has accessed EPS-OPS camps merger plan. According to the deal, Panneerselvam is likely to take oath as the Deputy CM of Tamil Nadu at 4pm today. He will also get PWD.Other members of OPS camp – Mafoi, Semmalai – also to be inducted in the Cabinet.Dinakaran has claimed to have support of 20 MLAs in the 234-seat Tamil Nadu Assembly.OPS to be made guiding working president of AIADMK. Both the factions agree to limit Sasikala’s role in AIADMK.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.advertisementIn a resolution on August 10, the chief minister’s camp had already delegitimised Deputy general Secretary and Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dinakaran setting the stage for a merger.Though the merger appears imminent, the faction led by Dinakaran yesterday had flayed the merger attempt as a drama.The deputy general secretary’s faction said their leader ‘has the ability to put a full stop’ to whatever decision that could be taken related to a merger.ALSO READ:  AIADMK merger: Talks on reunion moved a step forward, says O PanneerselvamDid Bengaluru jail officials allow Sasikala a day out of prison? Video suggests soEndgame near for Sasikala, Dinakaran as Palaniswami orders judicial probe into Jayalalithaa deathWATCH: AIADMK merger: O Panneerselvam takes oath as Deputy CM of Tamil Nadulast_img read more