Panneerselvam sworn in as TN Deputy Chief Minister

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam. PTI File

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam. PTI File

Official: AIADMK Merged Finally:- With the sudden demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, the political situations in the state were left confused.

Let's have a look at the timeline of events that has happened in last few months. He said that the general council of the now united party could be convened for this objective.

Avadi Kumar, spokesperson of the EPS faction said: "We can not oust Sasikala immediately as she was appointed by the general council of the AIADMK". Pandiarajan aspired for education or industry, but had to satisfy himself with Tamil language and Tamil culture.

Panneerselvam was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan. "We are all children of our Amma and have got back after a short period of separation thanks to be blessings of Amma's soul", declared OPS.

From re-entry of V Sasikala to Election Commission seizing the election twin leaves symbol of AIADMK, the merger has seen several twists and turns in the past 8 months.

"From now on, we will work towards fulfilling Amma's dreams", he added, thanking the leaders of both factions. Though it is being said that VK Sasikala would be ousted from the party, there is no clarity about when Sasikala would be expelled. A 15-day notice had to be given for a meeting of the general council.

Vaithilingam, former minister and newly appointed assistant coordinator, said that steps would be taken to remove Sasikala.

Sasikala's status in the party is not the only area of uncertainty the party will have to sort out. The OPS faction is insisting on formal ouster of jailed AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala and also bargaining hard for important portfolios with the EPS faction. This could spell trouble for the government. This included the demand of certain members for a CBI inquiry into late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's death as against the announcement of an inquiry commission to be headed by a retired High Court judge.

Palaniswami gradually emerged as leader of a faction of about 122 MLAs in the 234 member Assembly.

Much will depend on what the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), which has 89 legislators in the house, decides to do. EPS, while addressing a press briefing here, said that there will be 11 people in a committee to co-ordinate in the merger. Prime Minister Tweeted: I congratulate Thiru O Panneerselvam & others who took oath today.

Even so, Panneerselvam faced resistance from his supporters who wanted him to stick to his stand that Sasikala be completely taken out of the picture.

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