The stage is now set for the merger of the two factions of the AIADMK with the camp led by chief minister Palanisamy openly declaring the appointment of TTV Dhinakaran as deputy general secretary by his aunt VK Sasikala as “illegal” and asking him to refrain from “creating confusion” in the party through his actions. On the eve of his crucial meeting with Narendra Modi on Friday, Palanisamy chaired a meeting of party office bearers and passed a resolution suggesting that the post of General Secretary in the AIADMK will be kept vacant as a tribute to J Jayalalithaa, who passed away on December 5, 2016.
Sources said it also mean that after the merger, O Panneerselvam will not be the general secretary of the party, but will only lead a committee that would run the party and coordinate with the government. The merger, being facilitated on Modi’s wish, is expected to take shape formally after they return from New Delhi on Friday night or Saturday. Sources also told Deccan Chronicle that there was a high probability of Palanisamy and Panneerselvam meeting in New Delhi to stitch up the merger that is expected to infuse stability into the AIADMK government, which has been facing uncertainty ever since Jayalalithaa passed away. The party also effectively distanced itself from Sasikala since it admitted that her appointment as general secretary after the death of Jayalalithaa has been challenged in the Election Commission.