AIADMK merger: PM Modi hails merger, assures all help to TN government
After months of confusion, two warring factions of the AIADMK have merged. Soon after the announcement Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated O Panneerselvam and other ministers who took oath into various profiles in the Tamil Nadu cabinet following the AIADMK merger.
PM Modi took to twitter to congratulate the AIADMK. He also wished Tamil Nadu and said he wishes the state 'scales new heights of progress' in the future. He also said that the Centre will assure all possible support to the CM and his deputy 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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 21, 2017
Centre assures all possible support to CM Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami & Dy CM Thiru O Panneerselvam for the growth of TN. @OfficeOfOPS— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 21, 2017
There is the growing prospect of the AIADMK joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi's coalition government.
Modi had met the leaders of both factions recently, expressing his party's interest in erasing the divisions within the regional party. The AIADMK has 37 Lok Sabha MPs and 13 in the Rajya Sabha - the latter will give the central government the majority it has been lacking in the Upper House. There is also talk of the BJP expressing interest in allying with the AIADMK for approaching local elections.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party national President Amit Shah cancelled his trip to Tamil Nadu once again, setting off speculations of an impending reshuffle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's council of ministers.