Palaniswami announces probe into Jayalalithaa's death; is AIADMK merger a step closer?

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18 August, 2017

DMK Working President MK Stalin on Thursday demanded the resignation of entire Tamil Nadu cabinet after Chief Minister K Palaniswami ordered a judicial probe in the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalithaa.

"The commission will be headed by retired High Court judge and he would submit his report", Palaniswami said.

Palaniswami also announced that Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence here will be turned into a memorial that will be run by the government.

An enquiry into Jayalalithaa's death had been one of the key demands of the OPS faction for a truce with EPS.

Just a while after the CM's announcement of the probe into Jayalalithaa's death, the OPS camp's main spokesman K.P.Munusami expressed dissatisfaction saying only a CBI probe would bring out the truth.

Earlier this month, after T.T.V. Dhinakaran, the sidelined deputy general secretary of the party, appointed new office-bearers to the party, Palaniswami and 27 office bearers signed a resolution opposing the appointment of Dhinakaran as deputy general secretary, a move that put the party's rival factions on a merger path.

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The announcements have been made following representations from public and others and after due consideration by the government, the chief minister said.

"I don't find any point of setting up this on this inquiry commission". He had also said that he was not allowed to meet Jayalalithaa in the hospital. He affirmed that their two demands - VK Sasikala's family should be sidelined from the party and a CBI probe into Jayalalithaa's death on December 5 a year ago - are unfulfilled. "Besides, he has no authority to convert my aunt's residence into a state memorial", fumed Deepa, one of the byproducts of the post-Jaya chaos. He said the family, up to "usurp" the party, should be shown the door.

Responding to a question, he said that even on the August 10 resolution, which declared that Dhinakaran's appointment violated party bylaws, the chief minister had not spoken adequately about Sasikala and her expulsion.

After rebelling against the leadership of AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala in February last, Panneerselvam had raised suspicions over the circumstances surrounding Jayalalithaa's death.

The 68-year-old former chief minister and AIADMK supremo died following a cardiac arrest on December 5 after being in hospital for 75 days.

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