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Timeline on AIADMK developments post Jayaliathaa's death

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Following the demise of former chief minister J. in December 2016, the state has been witness to a political turmoil with the All Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) splitting into two factions one led by Sasikala Natarajan and the other by former chief minister O. Panneerselvam.

Here is the glimpse of the political turn of events in the state:

• SASIKALA, OPS CAMPS MERGER

In what can be called as a major hint towards sewing up an unprecedented between two warring factions in the Government, the Sasikala and the O. Panneerselvam groups of the on April 17 to discuss and deliberate over possibilities of their unification.

The re-united party will then stake a claim for the symbol - two leaves.

Panneerselvam today said that the Sasikala faction of the party has formed a committee to conduct talks for a

• RK NAGAR BY-POLLS CANCELLED

By-elections in Chennai's RK Nagar constituency was cancelled by the Commission last week after cash-for-votes allegations surfaced. The decision came after income tax raids in found money had been distributed to voters prior to the polls.

Income tax officials alleged that the Sasikala faction of the party had paid Rs. 89 crore to voters to buy support for its candidate TTV Dinakaran, who is also her nephew. As evidence, the department had cited documents seized during raids in more than 35 places, including properties of the state health minister C Vijayabaskar.

The Sasikala faction, however, refuted the allegation.

• EC FREEZES AIADMK'S SYMBOL

The Commission froze the All Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) symbol of 'two leaves', after representatives of former chief minister O. Panneerselvam and former party general secretary V.K. Sasikala made seperate claims for it.

• TUSSLE OVER PARTY SYMBOL AHEAD OF R.K. NAGAR BY-POLL

Sasikala and Panneerselvam camps locked horns over the symbol 'two leaves' in view of the R.K. Nagar assembly constituency the by-elections in that were to be held on April 12.

• PALANISAMY WINS FLOOR TRUST

On February 18, amid an uproar in the Assembly, Edappadi K. Palanisamy won the vote of confidence with 122 MLAs supporting him.

• PALANISAMY TAKES OATH AS CHIEF MINISTER

Edappadi K. Palanisamy took oath as Chief Minister along with 31 other MLAs on February 16. Meanwhile, the said that Palanisamy will seek the vote of confidence on February 18.

• SASIKALA SURRENDERS BEFORE BENGALURU JAIL

A day after being convicted by the Supreme Court in connection with the disproportionate assets case, Sasikala Natarajan surrenders before Bengaluru's Parappana Agrahara jail.

• DHINAKARAN APPOINTED AS DEPUTY GENERAL SECRETARY OF AIADMK

In yet another major development in politics, TTV Dhinakaran on February 15 was appointed as the Deputy General Secretary of the on February 15.

• PALANISWAMI APPOINTED AS HEAD OF LEGISLATURE PARTY

After Sasikala was sentenced to four years in jail in connection with the disproportionate assets case, Edappadi K Palaniswami was appointed head of the legislature party. Soon after which O. Panneerselvam was expelled from the

• SASIKALA SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN JAIL IN DA CASE

On February 14, Sasikala was convicted in the 19-year-old disproportionate assets case and sentenced to serve four years in jail. She also stood disqualified to take over as chief minister.

• TUG OF WAR BETWEEN SASIKALA AND PANNEERSELVAM FOR CM POST

On February 5, O. Panneerselvam resigned from the chief minister post and Sasikala was elected head of the legislative party and proceeded to stake claim to form the State Governor C Vidyasagar Rao accepted Panneerselvam's resignation, but asked him to operate in a caretaker capacity.

In another turn of events, Panneerselvam makes startling revelations, including telling to reporters that he 'was forced to resign'.

• SASIKALA NATARAJAN APPOINTED GENERAL SECRETARY

Sasikala Natarajan, the confidante of late appointed as AIADMK's general secretary on December 29 after several party functionaries urged her to lead the party.

• O. PANNEERSELVAM SWORN IN AS CHIEF MINISTER

After Jayalalithaa's death, senior leader O. Paneerselvam sworn in as the next chief minister of According to reports, several MLAs were called to Apollo Hospital to sign a declaration, making Panneerselvam Jayalalithaa's successor.

• JAYALALITHAA'S DEMISE

Former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, popularly addressed as "Amma" by her supporters and party cadres, dies of cardiac arrest on December 5, 2016 at the Apollo Hospital after a prolonged illness.

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First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 11:16 IST
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