After the two factions of the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu announced a merger, former chief minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) and Chief Minister Edappady K Palaniswami (EPS) hailed late former chief minister J Jayalalithaa's stronghold in the state, stating that no one has the power to topple the government brought together by Amma.
On MGR's birth centenary celebrations in Ariyalur, Panneerselvam said, "I thank Amma for giving all the opportunities which made me stand here today. I also thank Chief Minister Palaniswami for giving me this opportunity as well. Amma made this government in a way that no one has the power to topple it. I'm grateful to how happy you all are."
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Palaniswami also lauded Amma's contribution towards the state government in holding it together.
"Amma had defeated many conspiracies during her time that is why she lives in hearts of millions, so no one can make this government fall. Some have always been trying to cause trouble to our government but that will never happen. This party was created and guided for long by M G Ramachandran (MGR) and J Jayalalithaa. As long as Amma's soul with us, nothing will happen to our party nor the state," Palaniswami said.
Earlier on Monday, the two warring factions of the AIADMK, one led by Palaniswami and the other led by Panneerselvam, announced a merger, citing that "MGR always wanted to see us united, not split."
The Prime Minister took to Twitter and said, "Centre assures all possible support to CM Edappadi K Palaniswami & Dy CM O Panneerselvam for the growth of Tamil Nadu."
However, the decision did not go down well with AIADMK leader T T V Dinakaran, who dubbed the merger as a "business agreement between power hungry people."
Dinakaran's supporters will also meet Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Tuesday seeking withdrawal of merger.