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PM Modi assures support to OPS, Palaniswami as rival factions of AIADMK unite

Over six months after a bitter split, rival AIADMK factions merged following a power sharing arrangement under which K Palaniswami will remain the chief minister and O Panneerselvam was made his deputy.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 21, 2017 8:34:05 pm
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As rivals factions of ruling AIADMK on Monday decided to merge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured all support to Tamil Nadu government for the growth of the state. ” I congratulate Thiru O Panneerselvam & others who took oath today. I hope Tamil Nadu scales newer heights of progress in the years to come,” PM Modi tweeted.

In another tweet, he said, “Centre assures all possible support to CM Edappadi K Palaniswami & Dy CM O Panneerselvam for the growth of Tamil Nadu.”

Over six months after a bitter split, rival AIADMK factions merged following a power sharing arrangement under which K Palaniswami will remain the chief minister and O Panneerselvam was made his deputy. Panneerselvam, who was administered the oath by Governor Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhawan, will also be the AIADMK coordinator while Palaniswami will be the co-coordinator of the ruling party in Tamil Nadu. A cabinet reshuffle will soon take place.

Steps will also be taken to remove AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala by convening the general council meeting, senior party leader and Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam said after the merger. Removal of Sasikala was a key demand of the Panneerselvam faction for the merger.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami praised Panneerselvam for facilitating the merger, amidst thunderous applause and jubilant scenes at a crowded ceremony.

(With PTI inputs)

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