With stalwarts like late Jayalalithaa and ailing Nonagenarian DMK supremo M Karunanidhi out of the picture in the current dispensation, Rajinikanth's fans believe he is the only one who can effectively fill the political vacuum.
Banners featuring AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala were removed from the party headquarters here, a day after the rival Panneerselvam camp made such a demand to "uphold the sanctity" of the party office.
Tamil Nadu has been insisting that it be given exemption from the National Entrance Cum Eligibility Test (NEET) for MBBS and BDS courses, with the state Assembly having adopted two bills in this regard.
Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam will head the panel set up by the Palaniswami group, while the Panneerselvam camp has named senior leader and former minister KP Munusamy as the head of a seven-member committee. Former ministers C Ponnaiyan, R Viswanathan and K Pandiarajan, Rajya Sabha MP V Maithreyan, former MP TH Manoj Pandian and former MLA JCD Prabhakar were the other members.
"There was a consensus to delink the government and the party from TTV Dhinakaran and the family he belongs to. This is the view of the basic partymen, district secretaries, MLAs and Ministers," Finance Minister D Jayakumar told reporters after a "consultative" meeting chaired by Palaniswami and attended by several ministers.
The rival O Panneerselvam camp is also meeting separately here to discuss the future course of action, sources in the faction said.
In a dramatic turn of events, the EK Palaniswami cabinet on Tuesday revolted against AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran and decided to keep him and his family, including aunt Sasikala, out of the party and the government.
Senior leader in the VK Sasikala faction and Cooperation Minister, Sellur K Raju, said Chief Minister K Palaniswami has constituted a team of "senior ministers" for the purpose.
DMK Working President M K Stalin said he has invited "all political parties" for a meeting on April 16 here to discuss the woes of the farmers. After discussing the farmers' problems and looking into their demands, the governments at the Centre and State will be urged to fulfil their demands, he said in a statement.
The Commission conveyed its "displeasure" to the V K Sasikala and O Panneerselvam factions and advised them not to repeat "such acts" in future.
To add to the confusion, the OPS faction will be called Puratchi Thalaivi AIADMK while VK Sasikala’s faction will be called Amma AIADMK. ‘Puratchi Thalaivi’ means revolutionary leader in Tamil and was a superlative used for Jayalalithaa.
AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran said he did not expect such an outcome and that he will win the RK Nagar bypoll and get the poll symbol back.
The election in five states was a referendum on demonetization 3.0 undertaken by the Modi government creating a sharp political divide with the narrative shifting to BJP versus the rest.
The Tamil Nadu government on Monday made public the medical report of the late chief minister J Jayalalithaa to â€œput to rest speculation surrounding her hospitalisation, treatment and deathâ€.
The O Panneerselvam faction today welcomed the Election Commission rejecting AIADMK's response on the election of VK Sasikala as its General Secretary as the letter was signed by her nephew TTV Dinakaran, saying it was their "first victory."
The ruling AIADMK today took strong exception to certain remarks made against late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa by DMK leader MK Stalin and sought an "open apology" from him.
"Sasikala Natarajan will have to pay Rs 10 crore and if she fails to pay the punitive amount imposed by the Supreme Court, she will have to serve 13 more months in the jail," Prisons Superintendent Krishna Kumar said in a statement.
Earlier, the 235-member Assembly was adjourned after DMK MLAs disrupted proceedings by breaking chairs and tearing off microphones.
Acting fast, the Election Commission today asked V K Sasikala to respond to a petition filed against her challenging her appointment as AIADMK interim general secretary by the O Panneerselvam camp.
Governor C Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy to 63-year-old Palaniswami, a party veteran from western Tamil Nadu, at the head of a 31-member Cabinet at a ceremony in the Raj Bhavan this evening.
Ending the 10-day impasse over government formation, Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao asked Palaniswami, the AIADMK Legislature Party Leader, to form his ministry at the earliest and seek a vote of confidence in the assembly within 15 days.
Edapaddi K Palaniswami is set to be sworn in as the new Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Thursday evening.
Sources close to CNN-News18 say that Sasikala has been adviced to surrender in court and is likely to fly to Bengaluru.