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A decision on the merger of two main factions in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) will be announced later on Friday, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said on Friday.
The Panneerselvam faction will be taking stock of the announcements made by Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Thursday: setting up a judicial commission to inquire into the death of then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and converting her Poes Garden residence into a memorial.
The AIADMK broke into three factions after Jayalalithaa's death in December last year.
The Panneerselvam faction had laid three conditions for an AIADMK merger: keeping out Sasikala and her family members, ordering a judicial probe into the death of Jayalalithaa and converting Jayalalithaa's residence into a memorial.
The resolution was challenged by Dinakaran, who is said to have the support of around 20 legislators.
The resolution also said that Sasikala's own appointment as General Secretary was under the scrutiny of the Election Commission.
It is speculated that Panneerselvam would become Deputy Chief Minister and some members of his faction would be given ministerial berths.
But members of the Pannerselvam faction discounted this.