AIADMK factions finally merge

Chennai, Aug 21 The two factions of the AIADMK on Monday merged, six months after they split following the death of then Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

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.

Former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam will be sworn in Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister, it was announced on Monday.

A Raj Bhavan announcement also said that former Minister K. Pandiarajan will be sworn in as Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture.

The statement said Panneerselvam would be designated the Deputy Chief Minister and allocated the Finance portfolio.

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