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The party split after Panneerselvam opposed the elevation of VK Sasikala as legislature party leader earlier this year.

Subsequently, Sasikala named Palaniswami as Legislature Party Leader as she herself had to go to Bengaluru to serve a prison sentence following her conviction in the disproportionate assets case.

Sasikala's plans crashed after she was sentenced to jail on charges of corruption.

Meanwhile, Viduthalai Chiraithagal Katchi president Thol Thirumavalavan said the fate of the state government would depend on the decision taken by the group of MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined AIADMK deputy general secretary T T V Dhinakaran.

Feb 10: More than 120 AIADMK MLAs taken to a resort near here apparently to prevent any defections to the OPS' camp. Sasikala's mistake lay in believing that because she had a strong hold on the emotions of the departed Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, the people of Tamil Nadu would similarly embrace her.

March 22, 2017: With the bypoll for vacant R K Nagar constituency approaching, both the factions staked claim for the party's "two leaves" symbol.

Both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam reached AIADMK headquarters in Chennai today, shook hands marking the merger of both camps.

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Panneerselvam while announcing the merger said, "No one can separate us". OPS has been appointed as the Coordinator, with EPS as Joint Coordinator, and KP Munusamy and Rajya Sabha MP Vaithilingam as Deputy Coordinators.

The merger came about after Panneerselvam dropped the key demand for the complete removal of Sasikala. One of the major condition for OPS faction for a merger was the expulsion of Sasikala and Dinakaran from the party, an issue which derailed the talks.

Jun 11: Panneerselvam dissolves seven-member panel formed to hold merger talks with AIADMK (Amma) faction.

Opposition parties like DMK, PMK and the Left parties have openly said that an inherently unstable government in Tamil Nadu suited the BJP's interests. Immediately after the merger, Panneerselvam announced that Sasikala would be removed as AIADMK's general secretary. This included the demand of certain members for a CBI inquiry into late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's death as against the announcement of an inquiry commission to be headed by a retired High Court judge.

Hundreds of party cadres, who had thronged the AIADMK office on the occasion, gave a rousing welcome to Panneerselvam.

Mar 8: In its first public protest, OPS-led AIADMK faction observes a day-long fast across the state demanding probe into the death of Jayalalithaa.

Aug 19: Palaniswami and Panneerselvam express confidence merger will happen soon.

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