After three months of drama, Tamil Nadu might finally reach some political stability as a deal between the two factions of AIADMK is very close to being signed opening the door for a unified government, according to the reports by The Indian Express. The report says that both the camps have agreed to reinstate O Panneerslevam as the Chief Minister of the state while E K Palaniswami will take over as the new General secretary in place of jailed VK Sasikala.
“The merger deal has been sealed and formal talks will begin now between the senior leaders of both factions to finalise and announce the decision. Palaniswami will step down for Panneerselvam, and become the party chief. Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, whose properties were raided by Income Tax officials, may be dropped from the cabinet. Former minister and MLA Senthil Balaji may be inducted along with one or two more faces from southern Tamil Nadu,” a senior AIADMK leader told The Indian Express.
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The vulnerability of state government has forced both the camps to join hands. “A revolt by just six of the 122 MLAs currently with the ruling faction will bring down the government,” a source was quoted as saying in the report. The current chief minister E K Palaniswami who is leaving for Delhi to attend NITI Aayog’s national meet might be given an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the matter. “The Chief Minister will also meet the Tamil Nadu farmers, who are protesting in Delhi, to convince them to stop the agitation,” an official told The Indian Express.
If the deal does happen then it would be a huge blow for VK Sasikala and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran who left for Delhi on Saturday to appear before police in a case involving bribing of an Election Commission official to get the ‘two-leaves’ symbol for his faction.