OPS to head merged AIADMK, Palaniswami to head Govt

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Aug 2017 08:33:21



FORMER Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam will head a merged AIADMK while Chief Minister K Palaniswami will continue to head the Government, said a leader from the Panneerselvam faction.

The leader also said the Government can look into the possibility of reviving the Legislative Council or Upper House of the Assembly to accommodate members in the party without showing the door for those now holding posts. “As regards party affairs, Panneerselvam will be the number one and Palaniswami number two.

In the Government, Panneerselvam in most probability will be the Deputy Chief Minister,” the leader told IANS on the condition of anonymity. “There will be couple of ministerial berths for legislators from our group,” he added. This is the contour of the merger plan the two factions in the AIADMK have agreed upon. Queried about the corruption charges levelled by the OPS group against the Government, he said: “Those things will be corrected.

The Government and the party will be set right.” Panneerselvam had said: “There are no differences in the AIADMK and the talks for merger as desired by the people of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK cadre are proceeding smoothly. As early as possible, a good decision will be reached.”

On August 18, the two factions were close to a merger and an announcement was expected at the memorial to former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on the Marina beach but last minute complications delayed the development.