AIADMK war: Here is why the ECI froze the symbol

On Wednesday in a late night interim order, the Election Commission of India froze the AIADMK’s two leaves symbol.

It was hearing contesting claims by the Sasikala and O Panneerselvam faction for the symbol. As a result, both factions will have to choose new symbols and fight the R K Nagar by-elections on April 12.

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History repeats itself: When AIADMK fought with a ‘cock’ and ‘two pigeons’

History repeated for the AIADMK on Wednesday when the Election Commission froze the party’s symbol while hearing a case between the Sasikala and O Panneerselvam camp.

The EC observed that it was freezing the symbol as it was unable to finish reading the 20,000 pages of argument between the two sides staking a claim for the two leaves.

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It is now AIADMK Amma vs AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma

It is ADMK-Amma vs AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma. After the Election Commission had frozen the two leaves symbol of the AIADMK, both the Sasikala and O Paneerselvam factions had given their choice of party names to the commission.

The EC granted the OPS faction the name AIADMK- Puratchi Thalaivi Amma while the Sasikala faction was granted the name AIADMK Amma.

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Panneerselvam EXPELLED from AIADMK; Edappadi new party chief

k-_palanisamyTamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has been expelled from the primary membership of the party, while senior leader and minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has been elected as the new leader of the AIADMK legislature party.

The decision to appoint Palaniswamy comes in the wake of Sasikala being convicted by the Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case.

Following the conviction, Sasikala held a meeting of her party legislators at the Golden Bay Resort near Chennai. It was decided to appoint Palaniswamy as the new chief as Saskilala will have to go to jail and serve four years. At the meeting, that was attended by many including family members of Sasikala, it was also decided to sack OPS from the party’s primary membership.

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Six options before the TN Governor once SC delivers the Jaya DA case verdict

vidyasagarraoBengaluru, Feb 14: The focus would shift back to the Governor of Tamil Nadu once the verdict in the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case is delivered by the Supreme Court of India at 10.30 am on Tuesday. The Governor will have to consider a host of options depending on what the Supreme Court has to say.
On Monday, the Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi advised the Governor to hold a composite floor test giving both Sasikala and O Panneerselvam a chance to prove their majority on the floor of the House.
In a composite floor test, all members would have to cast a secret ballot indicating which candidate they would support. All members would have to compulsorily sign on the ballot paper with their names before casting the same.

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Sasikala vows to carry forward Amma’s legacy

sasijayaWith Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao refusing to yield to any pressure from Sasikala Natarajan and suport for Chief Minister O Panneerselvam growing, the AIADMK interim general secretary’s impatience is clearly visible.
In the multiple press conferences held by Sasikala since Panneerselvam’s revolt on Tuesday, she is claiming to be true heir of Jayalalitha and repeatedly asserting to carry forward ‘Amma’s legacy’.

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With 7 MLAs on his side, why is OPS smiling and not Sasikala

opssmileHe has seven MLAs with him. She has 127 on her side. The gap is humongous and yet O Panneerselvam is smiling and Sasikala is not.

All OPS needs is another ten MLAs on his side and that would ensure a defeat for Sasikala if a floor test is held. The Governor was contemplating holding a simultaneous floor test to give both OPS and Sasikala a chance. Both have said that they have the numbers.

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Does Sasikala have a plan B?

sasi2AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan has been put on wait by Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao, who has refused to budge and yield to any pressure from Sasikala and her supporters. Although there is no official statement from Raj Bhavan, sources say that Rao is waiting for the verdict in the disproportionate assets case. Sasikala’s impatience is visible.
She has already twice visited the resort in which her MLAs have been staying in the last two days. She has been issuing veiled threats and has even gone on to say that she is not being invited (to form the government) because she is a woman. Her impatience and desperation is to do with the fact that Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who very surprisingly revolted has been getting a lot of support both from the public and cadres of the AIADMK.

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Why Sasikala’s elevation as CM has been delayed: The REAL reason

sasiThere have been reports that the stand-in governor of Tamil Nadu is evaluating legal opinion before he decides to invite either Chief Minister O Panneerselvam or AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala to form the next government in the state.

Many have accused the Governor Vidyasagar Rao of delaying his decision. It is a straight forward case and all the governor needs to do is invite one of them to prove their strength on the floor of the house.

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TN crisis: Simultaneous floor test likely

sasipanTamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao is expected to consult with the speaker of the legislature assembly about the possibility of conducting a simultaneous floor. The possibility of such a test arises since there are two claimants to the post of chief minister in the state.

Both Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala have claimed that they have the numbers in the Tamil Nadu Legislative assembly. Both leaders also met with Rao on Thursday and staked a claim to form the government.

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