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Merger of Two AIADMK Factions on Cards in Tamil Nadu

Chennai: Moving a step closer to the merger of the two warring factions, the ruling AIADMK Amma camp headed by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami today virtually shut the doors on Deputy General Secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran by announcing that the recent appointments made by him were null and void.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at a meeting of the party office-bearers, held at the AIADMK Headquarters in the city.

The meeting was chaired by Palaniswami, in which 27 members, including Ministers, MPs and leaders of various wings of the Party, participated and decided to shut the doors on Dinakaran and his aunt and Party General Secretary V.K. Sasikala.

Keeping away the Sasikala and the Dinakaran clan from the party affairs and their removal from the party were one of the key conditions put forth by the rebel AIADMK PTA led by former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam for merger of the two factions, besides a CBI probe to unravel the mystery behind the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Palaniswamy and OPS are likely to meet and finalise the reunion on the weekend. The merger talks were fast-tracked as Dinakaran tried to assert his position with a series of appointments.