AIADMK merger Live Updates: Merger between EPS-OPS camps delayed

AIADMK merger: The warring factions of the AIADMK are expected to announce the merger shortly and chalk out the future course of action.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 18, 2017 11:38 pm
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The warring factions of the AIADMK are expected to announce the merger shortly and chalk out the future course of action, a day after the Tamil Nadu government announced an investigation into the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam are expected to make a joint announcement at J Jayalalithaa’s memorial at the Marina beach in Chennai. Panneerselvam is also expected to officially respond to Palaniswami’s announcement on setting up of an inquiry commission to probe Jayalalithaa’s death, one of the key demands of his faction for the merger. The removal of jailed party general secretary VK Sasikala and her kin, including deputy general secretary T T V Dhinakaran, from the AIADMK was the other major demand.

Below are the LIVE UPDATES: 

11.30 pm: The merger between the OPS and the EPS has been delayed, according to ANI.

10.50 pm: O Panneerselvam was supposed to hold a press meet late tonight which has been postponed.

10.40 pm: AIADMK supporters visit former TN CM Jayalalithaa’s memorial at Chennai’s Marina Beach

10.30 pm: AIADMK sources have told PTI that there are still some “ticklish issues” between the OPS and the EPS which need to be addressed by both groups, however no further details were provided by the sources.

9.00 pm: Earlier in the day, sidelined AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dhinakaran had downplayed the expected merger of both the factions and said it would not last long.

8.05 pm: Jayalalithaa’s memorial at the Marina beach in Chennai has been decked up amid talks of possible merger of two warring factions of AIADMK.

7.59 pm: OPS group, led by Panneerselvam, had severed ties with AIADMK to form a separate outfit-AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi)-in February and demanded the removal of Sasikala and her family members from the party and a probe into Jayalalithaa.

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