Investigation Ordered into Jayalalithaa's Death, AIADMK Merger Prospects Brighten

OPS Vs EPS Vs TTV A Raging Battle Among Initials In AIADMK
Merger move: AIADMK constitutes committee to probe Jaya's death
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18 August, 2017

It may be recalled that both, former chief minister O. Panneerselvam and TTV Dinakaran had demanded a probe into Jayalalithaa's death.

Palaniswamy said the inquiry commission will be headed by a retired judge of Madras high court.

Palaniswami also said that Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence will be converted into a memorial.

An enquiry into Jayalalithaa's death had been one of the key demands of the OPS faction for a truce with EPS.

Panneerselvam, who broke away from the AIADMK in February, after V.K. Sasikala made a decision to take over as the chief minister of the state, has been making two demands-to oust Sasikala and her family from party affairs and to initiate an inquiry into Jayalalithaa's death. He also announced that Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence will be transformed into a memorial and opened up for public.

In its August 10 resolution, the Palaniswami camp had delegitimised Dhinakaran's appointment as AIADMK Deputy General Secretary, sending signals that the CM's camp would go in for a rapprochement with the Panneerselvam faction.

There is still no word on another pre-condition that the OPS-led Puratchi Thalaivi Amma faction had put forth before Palanisami for a truce and merger of the two rival camps - that Sasikala and her family members - known within the AIADMK circles as the Mannargudi Mafia - be expelled from the party.

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"The head of the commission will be announced later", he added. The chief minister said the decision was taken following the call made by various sections.

"I don't find any point of setting up this on this inquiry commission".

Jayalalithaa was admitted to hospital on September 22. Only demands that needs to be fulfilled to allow the merger is Sasikala's family's expulsion from the party.

"These are the people who fall down and touches the feet of Sasikala", she said.

Jayalalithaa died on December 5 past year following a massive cardiac arrest at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai. "After the chaos which prevailed in the party for some months immediately after the passing away of party founder MGR in 1987, the AIADMK has never seen this kind of a no-holds-barred internal war in the party", said a veteran scribe following the AIADMK for the last three decades.

Pandian, a former state assembly speaker, said he suspected foul play, alleging that her demise was caused by "unnatural" circumstances and demanded a probe into her hospitalization.


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