Finally, after overcoming all the false starts and blockades, the two rival factions of AIADMK — CM Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam — came together on Monday. Earlier, the death of the former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had caused a massive crack in the ruling of Tamil Nadu government.

However, the newly found ‘happiness’ could soon be put to an end as Sasikala’s nephew and ousted deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran still enjoys the majority of at least 19 MLAs. Sources claim that Dinakaran is expected to ask for a floor test in order to prove the majority to form the ruling government.

On Tuesday, 19 MLAs supporting TTV Dinakaran arrived at his residence and later reached Raj Bhawan to meet Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao over the AIADMK merger.

Here is the copy of the letter wrote to the Governor by the MLAs

With the fast paced developments seen on Monday over the AIADMK merger, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam appeared at the party headquarters declaring their merger and also announced that Sasikala will be expelled from the party soon.

However, the merger was also condemned by many. Joining the chorus was actor Kamal Haasan who said, “Gandhi cap, saffron cap, Kashmir cap, and now clown’s cap. On the Tamilian’s head. Is this enough, or do you want more? Rise up Tamizha.”

Even though the merger seems to be in place for now, the troubles perhaps be waiting in just other corner as Dinakaran had said that he has MLAs working like ‘sleeper cells’ and will be activated when needed.

Current reports suggest that the AIADMK has 135 MLAs in the 234-member House. One seat is vacant. With Dinakaran enjoying the support of 19 MLAs, the unified AIADMK will have 117 MLAs which is one short of the simple majority.

First Published | 22 August 2017 12:16 PM
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