Amit Shah is desperate to unite the warring AIADMK factions

E Palaniswamy and O Paneerselvam

Chennai: If the split in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) that happened in February was between V.K. Sasikala and former chief minister O. Panneerselvam, the merger-if it happens-will be between chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Panneerselvam. "Due to an extraordinary situation, she is not able to discharge her duties". The meeting had also said though Sasikala was made the general secretary following the death of Jayalalithaa in December a year ago, she could not function in the post now in "view of extraordinary circumstances".

Also, Dinakaran's appointment as deputy General Secretary of the party and his announcements are not binding on the party.

"Whatever appointments were made by T.T.V. Dinakaran are not according to the party law".

Team EPS is ready to provide 2 ministerial posts to OPS side along with making him Deputy CM chief minister.

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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Dinakaran's camp, meanwhile, described the move by the Chief Minister's group as "betrayal".

His remark came after the leader of the Puratchi Thalaivi Amma faction led by O. Panneerselvam said it had had not heard from the former on the merger talks.

Amid speculation that the BJP was "forcing" the merger to take control of the state government, Dinakaran aide and party organising secretary Nanjil Sampath said, "The resolution against Dinakaran was passed to please the Centre..." More agitations, just as the one held by the party's yuva morcha recently, to ask for holding local polls and better quality of teachers in government schools are being planned.

Ministers Dindigul C Sreenivasan and K A Sengottaiyan were among those who did not sign the resolution. The merger is likely to take place before August 15 and both EPS and OPS, who will be in Delhi for Venkaiah Naidu's swearing in as Vice-president on Thrhursday evening are expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi together and formally announce their decision.

The "apt word for him is 420", ANI reported Palaniswami as saying about Dinakaran.

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