AIADMK merger LIVE updates: OPS takes oath as Deputy CM as both camps unite, ‘Sasikala to be expelled’


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 delegitimised 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.

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