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Decision on AIADMK merger to be announced later today: Panneerselvam

AIADMK witnessed split after the death of J Jayalalithaa

IANS  |  Chennai 

O Panneerselvam
O Panneerselvam

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 Chief Minister O said on Friday.

The faction will be taking stock of the announcements made by Chief Minister K on Thursday: setting up a judicial commission to inquire into the death of then Chief Minister J and converting her Poes Garden residence into a memorial.

The broke into three factions after Jayalalithaa's death in December last year.

The first to revolt against the party's General Secretary and now jailed V K was

The other two factions that emerged later are led by Chief Minister and Deputy General Secretary T T V Dinakaran, a nephew of

The Panneerselvam faction had laid three conditions for an merger: keeping out and her family members, ordering a judicial probe into the death of and converting Jayalalithaa's residence into a memorial.

Some days back the Panneerselvam faction passed a resolution declaring the appointment of as Deputy General Secretary as "improper, unacceptable and invalid".

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.

The faction claims that the major demands of Panneerselvam faction have been met after Thursday's announcement.

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.

"The government will be under Palaniswami and the party will be under Panneerselvam. The party will be run by a Coordination Committee," a leader in the Panneerselvam faction told IANS.

"The days of a single tall leader like and who held sway are over in the AIADMK," he added.

First Published: Fri, August 18 2017. 16:32 IST