Even after the two rival factions of AIADMK — CM Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam might have come together to form a single ruling party for Tamil Nadu, their hurdles just don’t seem to end. Right after the merger was made public, it was announced that Sasikala will soon be removed from all party posts.

Sharply reacting to the merger, DMK working president, MK Stalin wrote to the Tamil Nadu Governor requesting to direct Edappadi K Palaniswami to prove his majority in the assembly immediately.

Commenting on the fast paced merger developments, MK Satlin said, “My information is that 3 more AIADMK MLAs have also withdrawn support which makes it 22 MLAs in total.”

Reacting on the announcements made on the merger day where, AIADMK MP Vaithilingam had said that ‘Sasikala will be removed from the party ‘, was sacked on Tuesday morning by Dinakaran.

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 2:38 PM
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