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AIADMK Crisis: A brief look at Tamil Nadu politics since Jayalalithaa's demise

Speculations about a patch-up between the two warring AIADMK factions touched a new high this week with Chief Minister K Palaniswami calling all lawmakers supporting him, in Chennai, on Tuesday.

The AIADMK got divided into two camps soon after its leader and former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa died in December 2016.

Her closest aide, VK Sasikala, was named the new party chief but was jailed within weeks after the Supreme Court found her guilty of corruption.

Sasikala (L) and O Panneerselvam.

Sasikala (L) and O Panneerselvam.

Before going to jail, Sasikala had appointed her nephew TTV Dinakaran as the party's Deputy General Secretary.

The other faction is led by O Panneerselvam, who was also close to Jayalalithaa and used to stand in for her as chief minister. The two factions have been fighting over ownership of the AIADMK.

The battle reached the Election Commission that gave the two factions new symbols and ordered a freeze over "two leaves" on 23 March.

Here is a brief time-line of events since Jayalalithaa's demise in December 2016.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Apr 18, 2017 13:09 PM

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