AIADMK 'united' again: EPS, OPS announce merger
Chennai : The two factions of the AIADMK on Monday merged, six months after they split following the death of then Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
Former Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam was made the Coordinator of the merged AIADMK. Chief Minister K. Palaniswami will be the Joint Coordinator, the Chief Minister announced at a brief function at the party headquarters here while announcing the merger.
EPS, while adressing the press conference, said that there will be 11 people in a committee to co-ordinate in the merger. However, he did not mention about the jailed AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala.
Earlier, Panneerselvam had announced that the AIADMK would be one once again, while also adding that the Sasikala clan would not be a part of the party.
The political drama in the state unfolded just after the verdict on the disproportionate assets case involving late J. Jayalalithaa and Sasikala was announced and the latter was sentenced to serve the remainder of her jail term.
(with Agencies inputs)