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Decision on CM and general secretary posts remains inconclusive — AIADMK merger

Decision on CM and general secretary posts remains inconclusive — AIADMK merger

After weeks of wrangling, the two warring factions of AIADMK seemed to be moving closer towards a merger on Thursday, with the Chief Minister EK Palaniswami declaring TTV Dinakaran's appointment as deputy general secretary "illegal" under party bylaws. Describing the recent appointments made by Dhinakaran as not permissible as per rules of the party, a resolution adopted at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Palaniswami stated that Dhinakaran's decisions would not be binding on the party members.

Interlocuters are said to have come up with alternative proposals including one that envisages OPS as "working general secretary" of the AIADMK while letting Palanisami stay on as CM. The BJP stands to gain at the state in return in the future elections with the assistance of the AIADMK, the largest party, and also the presence of the iconic actor Rajinikanth.

His comments are being seen as a signal to the OPS (Panneerselvam) faction of the AIADMK and as setting the stage for the merger of the two factions.

Speaking to the media in Thanjavur, hinakaran pointed out that EPS and other ministers had passed the resolution on Thursday as they were afraid of his decision to go on a statewide tour to strengthen the party. The OPS camp has demanded a probe into late chief minister J Jayalalithaa's death as well as the removal of the Mannargudi family (Sasikala and Dinakaran) from the party. Dhinakaran said there will be no threat to the party-run government in Tamil Nadu till such time it continued on the path laid by former chief minister Jayalalithaa. The appointments that he has made have also been deemed invalid. "For sure, all steps will be taken for party growth". Dinakaran is the nephew of party chief VK Sasikala.

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None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons took part in the negotiations or vote on the treaty. He is critical of the USA , and says only dialogue, not military actions or threats, can resolve tensions.

Asked about the merger talks, he shot back at reporters saying "you will be informed first". "If there is a crisis, he will choose the party first, not the government".

"Officially, EPS has 123 MLAs, just five more than the minimum number 118". "But how long will they survive?"

Panneerselvam said, "We are keenly watching the political situation". Probably, the BJP wouldn't mind the government falling and going to fresh elections although the risks are very high because the present government is highly unpopular.


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