Amit Shah is desperate to unite the warring AIADMK factions

Amit Shah is desperate to unite the warring AIADMK factions

While office-bearers owing allegiance to Dinakaran were taken aback by the sudden developments in the faction, leader of the AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) faction led by O Panneerselvan expressed satisfaction with the news coming out of the party headquarters.

Dismissing the meet chaired by Palaniswami as caused by fear and selfish motives, he said the AIADMK was in the control of the party chief and himself. This is the first time that the chief minister has made a categorical assertion about the status of Dinakaran's appointment by his aunt Sasikala on February 14 just ahead of her incarceration.

According to party sources, Edapaddi Palanisami will continue as the chief minister and former chief minister O Panneerselvam could be made general secretary. I will never undermine the rule of the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu.

With Palaniswami and Paneerselvam arriving in Delhi on Thursday evening to take part in Friday's swearing-in ceremony of new Vice-President elect Venkaiah Naidu, there was speculation as to whether they could have a meeting of sorts to thrash out the sticky points standing in the way of a merger.

On August 7, Palanisamy said he expects the much-anticipated-but-delayed merger of the two factions of the AIADMK. Nobody can remove the two leaders from party posts, he said indicating the thinking in the Dinakaran camp. Overtime Natarajan and Jayalalithaa developed a close friendship that remained strong till the chief minister's death.

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Sasikala Natarajan is the long term political aide of Jayalalithaa and member of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). They can together ensure that all AIADMK MLAs stay back with the faction that has majority and power, with the BJP government at the Centre acting as a benefactor, AIADMK leaders said.

He wondered how the EPS camp could comment against Sasikala when they themselves had furnished an affidavit to the EC, endorsing her appointment as party chief.

The General Secretary position of the party will be vacant till the elections are held for the post as the constitution of AIADMK states that the general secretary can only be decided through elections.

Formal expulsion of party General Secretary VK Sasikala and her nephew Dinakaran from the party was the important condition for merger by the O Panneerselvan led rebel faction.

Dinakaran removed, EPS faction adopts resolution against Sasikala.

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