21 April : The uncertainty surrounding merger of AIADMK factions, led by O Pannerselvam former CM on one side and present chief minister Palanisami on other, finally ended with confirmation of merger from reliable sources.
Acceptance of Panneerselvam’s call to oust Dinakaran and Sasikala from party and govt. was the driving force behind the deal.
Earlier a‘consultative’ meeting of AIADMK chaired by chief minister Edapady Palaniswami released a 20-minister joint-statement saying “a committee and not a family will run the party henceforth.”
“It has been decided to fully keep away Dinakaran and his family from party and government” Palaniswami told.
However , there was another Panneerselvam call to clinch the merger. Former CM insisted that govt. order CBI probe into Jayalalitha’s death, a demand that is said to have been accepted as well.
Post-merger Palanisami will continue as chief minister and Panneerselvam will take charge as General Secretary of the party.
Concluding talks in today’s meeting are due to wind up soon and merger will be formally announced, sources said.