Truce may have been struck between E Palanisami and O Panneerselvam. The BJP which played a part in this truce says that this was done to ensure that there is a stable government in Tamil Nadu and it did not want elections to take place midway.
The AIADMK painted a pretty picture with O Panneerselvam and E Palanisami smiling with each other and behaving like long lost brothers. Although both leaders met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi under the NEET 2017 pretext, merger talks were always top on the agenda.
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.
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.
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.
Tamil 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.
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.