Jayalalithaa death probe Live Updates: The merger of OPS-EPS camp merger put on hold over “some ticklish issues”. A political row has erupted after Tamil Nadu government had announced that it would conduct a probe into the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and convert her Veda Nilayam residence at Poes Garden in Chennai into a memorial, according to reports. Jayalalithaa’s niece J Deepa has opposed the government’s memorial plan. Meanwhile, BJP had backed Chief Minister K Palaniswami’s decision to initiate a probe into the matter. It has been learnt that Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa underwent prolonged treatment till her death, has welcomed the decision to order. The hospital said that it would put to rest all unfounded speculations. Opposition DMK had dubbed the move as an ‘eyewash’. The opposition party had said if the Palaniswami regime was truly interested in going into the ‘mysteries’, it should prefer a CBI investigation. Meanwhile, sidelined AIADMK Amma camp deputy chief T T V Dhinakaran’s camp had claimed victory, saying it had been done only after its leader made such a demand.
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9:4 pm: The press conference has been cancelled, as per CNN-News18.
9:42 pm: AIADMK merger on hold. OPS camp said there would be no announcement on the merger today as they hold out on their demands, CNN-News18 reports quoting sources.
9:40 pm: Panneerselvam is trying to make sure all MLAs are on board with the merger, reports CNN News18 reports.
9:35 pm OPS camp has ruled out a joint statement with the EPS faction.
9:21 pm: As members are leaving the meeting the announcement of the merger is expected shortly, CNN News18 reports.
9:14 pm: Three members of the EPS camp have refused to support the merger. Some members left the meeting and refused to talk to media, CNN News18 reports.
9:07 pm: Out of this AIADMK has 134 legislators. It is learnt that CM Palanisami has the support of 122 MLAs and OPS has 11 MLAs. While the anti merger front TTV Dinakaran has the support of 20 MLAs, CNN News18 reports.
9:02 pm: After the expected merger, the Tamil Nadu assembly may witness an interesting number game. The strength of the assembly is 234, however, only 232 MLAs can vote, as per CNN News18.
8:46 pm: OPS has the support of 10 MLAs and about a dozen MPs, report HT.
8:40 pm: Talks started on at Panneerselvam’s residence. Former ministers KP Munusamy, K Panidarajan and other MLAs and MPs are also present in the meeting .
8:33 pm Chief minister Palaniswami is meeting the Cabinet colleagues to deliberate on details of merger, as per HT.
8:27 pm: Sasikala’s review plea in the DA case will be heard on August 22 in the Supreme Court, as per The News Minute.
8:22 pm: Discussions are on over ministerial berths, but a consensus is yet to be reached, reports HT.
8.15 pm: PTI reports that Chief Minister K Palaniswami was closeted with his Cabinet colleagues to deliberate on the matter, the rival camp led by O Panneerselvam held its own meeting here.
8.00 pm: PTI reports that meeting held at the residence of Panneerselvam, a former chief minister, was attended by the top leaders of his camp, including former ministers K P Munusamy, K Panidarajan, besides MLAs, MPs and other office-bearers.
7.45 pm: PTI reports that Panneerselvam, who has the support of about 10 MLAs and a dozen MPs, is expected to formally respond to Palaniswamy’s announcement on setting up of an inquiry commission to probe Jayalalithaa’s death and conversion of her Poes Garden home into a memorial, two key demands of his faction for the merger.
7.30 pm: Jayalalithaa memorial site is decked up, and the announcement is likely to be in some time, reports India Today TV.
7.20 pm: India Today TV reports that media was given the time of 7.30 pm for the merger announcement, however, the meeting is still on.
7.01 pm: E Palaniswami- OPanneerselvam factions are likely announce merger tonight at 7.30 pm, India Today TV reports quoting sources.
2:05 PM: “I don’t find any point of setting up this of this inquiry commission. I would request the Centre to order a CBI inquiry in this issue. Otherwise, it will just be an eye-wash,” Deepa said.
2:00 PM: However, Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar yesterday asserted that there is no point setting up an inquiry commission to probe the death of the former and requested the Centre to constitute a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry on the same.
1:55 PM: WATCH- Meanwhile, TTV Dinakaran has met Sasikala in Bengaluru jail
T T V Dinakaran arrives at Bengaluru jail to meet Sasikala. Watch report. pic.twitter.com/E9cVYEvqgW
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1:50 PM: WATCH- Here is all you want to know about Jayalalithaa’s residence in Chennai
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1:48 PM: Sasikala, a long-time friend of late Jayalalithaa, decided she should become Chief Minister herself. But, her plans collapsed when she was convicted by the Supreme Court for corruption and sentenced to jail for four years.
1:45 PM: BJP leader S. Prakash said that the secrecy which was maintained during former Jayalalithaa’s treatment brewed suspicion and propelled the demand for investigation.
1:43 PM: He said that his party hopes that the investigation in the regard is completed soon, as that will fulfill the demand of Amma’s supporters and sympathizers.
1:40 PM: “This has been the demand of many of sympathizers and supporters of late Jayalalithaa ji. They had suspected foul in her death. Many were kept away when she was admitted in the hospital and the medical reports were not accessible to anyone other than Sasikala. It is for this reason the demand for judicial probe had gained momentum. I hope that the probe committee completes the investigation swiftly,” said Prakash.