Tamil Nadu Power Struggle May End With Merger As AIADMK Removes Dinakaran

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| August 10 , 2017 , 15:13 IST

Ever since the saddening demise of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, the factions of the party have been engaging in a power struggle, which is expected to come to a swift end in the anticipation of merger.

According to sources, the two factions of the ruling AIADMK party have given their nods to a possible merger between the two.

The merger may keep the current Chief Minister Edapaddi Palanisami in power while adding the former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam as the General Secretary. The merger will also add two of Panneerselvam's followers into the council of ministers of Tamil Nadu.

The merger will finally be announced publically by the Chief Minister Edapaddi Palaniswamy after his meeting with O Panneerselvam.

A Tamil Nade Minister D Jayakumar, when asked about the merger said, "We are confident, hope so." news agency ANI quoted the minister as saying.

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Meanwhile, the AIADMK led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E.K. Palaniswami has declared as null and void the appointment of T.T.V. Dhinakaran as the Deputy General Secretary while they have also adopted resolutions against Sasikala.

The resolution signed by the office-bearers said, ''Dhinakaran was expelled by Jayalalithaa in December 2011 from the primary membership of the party. His re-induction into the party on February 14 and his appointment as deputy general secretary the following day was in violation of party bylaw 30 (V).''

The resolution added, "Since he failed to continue as a primary member for five years, he cannot hold any position in the party as per by-laws."

According to reports, the faction led by Panneerselvam had asked the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister to remove jailed General Secretary V.K. Sasikala and her family members from the party before the merger.

A Senior leader from the O Panneerselvam-led faction said that Sasikala's removal and setting up of a judicial enquiry into AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa's death are "our fundamental demands for unification".

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"If these two basic demands are not met with before the unification, then it will be a matter of time for us to be treated like 'curry leaves' (use and throw) in the ruling party," he said.