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OPS gives in, AIADMK factions likely to announce merger on Monday

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OPS gives in, AIADMK factions likely to announce merger on Monday

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The AIADMK factions led by Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam had almost worked out the merger planon Friday and were to announce it at the Marina memorial of J Jayalalithaa but the announcement was delayed due to hard negotiations from both sides

After several rounds of hectic deliberations and a ‘false alarm’ that saw hundreds of AIADMK supporters line up at late chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s memorial at Marina beach on Friday night, it appears that the merger plans of the party’s rival factions led by chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam are now final.

If sources within the two rival camps are to be believed, the merger of the Palaniswami (EPS) and Panneerselvam (OPS) camps is likely to be formalised on Monday to coincide with the lunar phenomenon of Amavasya (new moon night) which is considered auspicious in Tamil Nadu.

On Friday – a day after EPS accepted the Panneerselvam faction’s key demand of announcing a judicial probe into Jayalalithaa’s death and converting her Veda Nilayam residence in Chennai’s Poes Garden into a memorial – the two rival camps had come close to announcing the merger. The big announcement was to be made by the two factional leaders – EPS and OPS – at Jayalalithaa’s memorial on Marina Beach, which had even been decked up with flowers and lights.

However, as the two factions continued to discuss the fine-print of the merger till late on Friday night, the mammoth crowd that had arrived at Amma’s (as Jayalalithaa is popularly referred to) memorial braving heavy showers, began to disperse.

There was speculation in the local media that the merger announcement was delayed due to dissensions within the OPS camp and since the Tamil Nadu chief minister declined to give in to several demands made by Panneerselvam – key among them being huge representation of his faction in the state cabinet, various corporations and also the party. EPS is learnt to have accepted only a few names put forth by OPS for key assignments and portfolios within the party and his government.

On Saturday, in an indication that he had accepted the terms outlined by OPS, Panneerselvam said that the merger talks are “going smoothly” and that a “good decision can be expected in a day or two”.

Panneerselvam, who spoke to media persons at his Greenways Road residence where he had been busy in parleys with members of his camp, also dismissed reports of dissensions within his ranks.

Sources said that the delay in announcing the merger could also be because of Palaniswami’s reluctance in accepting the OPS camp’s demand of him publicly announcing that jailed interim general secretary of the AIADMK VK Sasikala – a close aide of the late Jayalalithaa who had attempted an intra-party coup against OPS when he was chief minister and eventually caused his ouster – stood expelled from the party.

The OPS faction had also been pressing for a formula under which EPS could continue as chief minister while Panneerselvam would be named AIADMK general secretary. However, it appears that this demand has been dismissed and Panneerselvam might have to settle for the deputy chief minister’s post.

Meanwhile, both EPS and OPS factions seem to have hit a hurdle over the announcement of converting Veda Nilayam into a museum showcasing the life and career of Jayalalithaa. The former AIADMK chief’s niece, Deepa Jayakumar, has not only questioned Palaniswami’s decision of a probe into Amma’s death but has also opposed the move to convert her residence into a museum.

“For madam Jayalalithaa, the only legal heirs are myself and my brother Deepak. We have not been consulted about turning her residence into a museum… they have no legal right to make this announcement without consulting us,” Jayakumar told media persons in Chennai.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1503147349171{padding-top: 5px !important;padding-right: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;padding-left: 5px !important;background-color: #b2b2b2 !important;border-radius: 10px !important;}”]

Background to the factional feud

In the days prior to Amma’s death, the party had elected Panneerselvam to act as chief minister and he was sworn-in to the office immediately after Jayalalithaa was pronounced dead. However, in the days following her demise, while Sasikala was still contemplating her political moves, Panneerselvam announced that he had “heard the voice of his conscience and of Amma” and will stay on as chief minister. Sasikala’s faction of the party had come out in open rebellion against OPS, calling him a traitor, and imploring Sasikala to take over as chief minister.

However, the Supreme Court convicted Sasikala for four years in a disproportionate assets case, effectively nixing any chance of her taking on the executive role after which EPS was sworn-in as chief minister. The party has ever since been divided into three factions, those led by Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dhinakaran, OPS and EPS.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The merger between these rival AIADMK factions is crucial for the party to get back its election symbol – two leaves – which the Election Commission had suspended after the split. Also, since Amma’s demise, the party has been floundering in search of one leader behind which the cadre can stand firmly. This has left the political space in Tamil Nadu wide open for the party’s principal political rival – M Karunanidhi’s DMK. Perhaps more importantly, the factional feuds is also giving a golden opportunity to the BJP to either gain its own space in Tamil Nadu politics or work towards an alliance with whichever faction of the AIADMK gives it more tactical strength.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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BJP MP Manoj Tiwari reacts to AAP-Congress Alliance, reminds CM Kejriwal of his 2012 jail promise

AAP and Congress announced an alliance in Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Goa, and Chandigarh on Saturday.

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BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Saturday reminded Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal of his promise of sending leaders of Congress Party to jail. This comes after the announcement of the AAP and Congress’ seat sharing deal for upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Delhi.

Using the metaphor chor chor mausere bhai which translates in English, birds of a feather flock together, Tiwari said, this is what it is happening between AAP and Congress. He alleged that AAP workers are disappointed with CM Kejriwal as the used to speak about putting Congress leaders in jail but now he is at their feet.

AAP was formed after Arvind Kejriwal launched anti-corruption protests in Delhi. At that time congress was in power in both Delhi and the Centre.

Later when the party was formed in 2012, Arvind Kejriwal said that he would put corrupt leaders in jail within six months of coming to power.

Tiwari said that Arvind Kejriwal and AAP had ousted Congress from Delhi and Punjab and now the Chief Minister is sharing the stage with Rahul Gandhi.

He also said BJP and Prime Minister Modi are in everyone’s heart and the people of Delhi will decide everything as it is clear now that the top leaders of AAP and Congress are the same.

Meanwhile, AAP leader Atishi said that CM Kejriwal can be arrested soon. She alleged that ever since the INDIA bloc seat sharing was nearly finalised, Kejriwal started getting threats from everwhere. She also mentioned that the party members were told if they didn’t exit the alliance, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would frame charges against Arvind Kejriwal to arrest him.

She claimed that the party had the information that the CBI would issue a notice on Monday and would arrest CM Kejriwal in a few days.

AAP and Congress announced an alliance in Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Goa, and Chandigarh on Saturday.

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Priyanka Gandhi joins Rahul Gandhi on last leg of Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Uttar Pradesh

Gandhi slammed BJP government and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi tells people that India belongs to everyone. He added 90% of the people don’t get any participation as a result there is a need for caste census. He said the BJP system works by diverting the people of India by talking about Bollywood and surgical strike.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday took out the final leg of Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra In Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad. Congress said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra  will accompany Rahul Gandhi as the yatra passes through Amroha, Sambhal, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Agra and will conclude at Fatehpur Sikri on Sunday.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi were seen waving to people from an open jeep. People raised slogans such as Rahul Gandhi Zindabad, Priyanka Gandhi zindabad and Congress party zindabad as the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra passed through different areas of Moradabad. The padyatra started from Jama Masjid Chauraha in Moradabad to Sambhal Chauraha.

Gandhi slammed BJP government and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi tells people that India belongs to everyone. He added 90% of the people don’t get any participation as a result there is a need for caste census. He said the BJP system works by diverting the people of India by talking about Bollywood and surgical strike.

Gandhi said 50% people in the country are backward, 15% minorities, 15% Dalit and 8% Adivasi. He wanted to ask about the participation of 90% of India’s population. He said none of these people are represented in the media. He said the common man of India can be seen in the list of MGNREGA but not in the big companies, the high court and the media.

Gandhi said PM Modi says Hindostan sabka hai. He asked ye sabka kaise hai? If 90% are not getting any participation. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi slammed the Uttar Pradesh government over paper leaks and said 28 lakh students wrote the exam for UP Police but the exam was leaked. She said the unemployment rates have increased after the formation of BJP government in Uttar Pradesh and at the Centre.

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NCP (SCP) launches its party’s new symbol ‘man blowing tura’ in presence of Sharad Pawar

Pawar said to establish a people’s government, they need to struggle and hence have to strengthen the trumpet symbol. He said it is an inspiration to launch a new struggle for people’s welfare and a government which works for their upliftment.

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NCP (SCP) launched its party’s new symbol ‘man blowing tura’ in presence of party Sharad Pawar at the Raigad fort on Saturday. The NCP (SCP) chief said he sought the support of the party workers in bringing a government that works for the welfare and progress of the common man. He added the trumpet will bring happiness to the people.

Pawar said to establish a people’s government, they need to struggle and hence have to strengthen the trumpet symbol. He said it is an inspiration to launch a new struggle for people’s welfare and a government which works for their upliftment.

Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil said the trumpet is a symbol of bravery, victory and inspiration to fight. He said they are seeking the blessings from Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj from the fort where his coronation was performed and the place where he spent the last days of his life and where his Samadhi is situated.

The symbol was allotted to the party by the Election Commision of India on Thursday. The trumpet refers to tutari in Marathi and is sounded to mark the entry of important persons. The NCP(SCP) took to X and wrote the Tutari in the form of great valour of Chhatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj had once deafened the emperor of Delhi. He said it is a great honour for his party to get Tutari (Man Blowing Turha) as the symbol for the upcoming elections.

He said Tutari is now ready to shake Delhi’s throne under the leadership of Sharadchandra Pawar. He quoted lines from popular poem Tutari written by Jnanpith awardee Kusumagraj. The NCP which was founded by Sharad Pawar, split in July when Ajit Pawar and eight MLAs joined the Eknath Shinde government. The election commission assigned the party name and clock symbol to Ajit Pawar’s faction.

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