The two rival factions of AIADMK led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam have announced their merger on Monday in their party headquarters.
A decision is likely to be taken on the “formal expulsion” of V K Sasikala and her family members, a key demand by the OPS camp that still remains unmet. In a resolution on August 10, the chief minister’s camp had already delegitimized Deputy General Secretary and Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran setting the stage for a merger.
The merger talks began gaining momentum after Palaniswami agreed to some of the demands put forth by Panneerselvam. The Chief Minister set up an inquiry commission to probe the death of J Jayalalithaa and announced that her Poes Garden residence, Ved Nilayam, would soon be converted into a memorial. However, no decision was taken on the demand of a CBI probe in the late chief minister’s death.
O Panneerselvam will be the Deputy Chief Minister and will have the portfolio of Finance under him. An eleven-member coordination committee will run the party. The swearing-in will take place today at 4.30 pm.
CM Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam shake hands in the party head office. Addressing to party members, he says, “This moment onwards, we will work towards fulfilling Amma’s dreams. We are fulfilling the dreams of crores of cadres and doing this merger.”
Speaking at the head office, E Palaniswami says, “Our first priority will be to retrieve the two leaves symbol. We will fulfil all the promises made by Amma. Amma has said before that after me AIADMK will last over 100 years. We all will make sure it happens”