August 21, 2017 15:56 IST

AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami & O Panneerselvam announce merger; OPS to be Deputy CM

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The two factions of the AIADMK on Monday merged, six months after they split following the death of then Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
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Former Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam was made the Coordinator of the merged AIADMK. Chief Minister K. Palaniswami will be the Joint Coordinator, the Chief Minister announced at a brief function at the party headquarters here while announcing the merger.
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Hundreds celebrated the occasion by bursting firecrackers.
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Panneerselvam was accompanied by his faction leaders including K.P. Munuswamy and K. Pandiarajan.
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Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao arrived here on Monday afternoon for a possible swearing in ceremony in which Panneerselvam and some of his faction leaders may be sworn in as ministers.