No point setting up inquiry commission on Jayalalithaa's death: Deepa Jayakumar

No point setting up inquiry commission on Jayalalithaa's death: Deepa Jayakumar”

"An inquiry commission headed by a retired High Court judge will be constituted to investigate Amma's (Jayalalithaa's) death", the chief minister said.

Addressing a crowded press conference in Chennai, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami also announced that the late AIADMK leader's Poes Garden residence, which she occupied until her hospitalization a year ago, will be converted into a government-run memorial.

EPS, as Palanisami is referred to in political circles, and his loyalists within the AIADMK have been working out a blueprint to bury differences with the camp led by Panneerselvam, known as OPS, and either sideline or win over those within the AIADMK who still owe their allegiance to jailed party chief and Jayalalithaa's confidante, VK Sasikala.

This comes at a time when a merger between AIADMK factions led by rebel leader O Paneerselvam and Palaniswami appears increasingly likely.

Jayalalithaa died on December 5 previous year following a massive cardiac arrest at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai. "Amma's residence will be turned into a government memorial, where the public can learn about her various achievements and sacrifices", said the Chief Minister, flanked by senior cabinet colleagues, finance minister D. Jayakumar, forest minister Dindigul C. Sreenivasan and power minister P. Thangamani at the crowded press conference at the Secretariat. He said the decision has been taken based on representations received by his Government from various organisations. However, if the two factions indeed move towards a merger, sources say, Sasikala's ouster from the AIADMK chief's post would be certain.

He said the terms of reference of the inquiry commission and the time frame within which the proposed commission should submit its report should be looked at. The party daily is being administered by family members of V.K , As Reported By Hindu. He, however, welcomed the decision to convert the Poes Garden residence into a memorial.

Pandian, a former state assembly speaker, said he suspected foul play, alleging that her demise was caused by "unnatural" circumstances and demanded a probe into her hospitalization.

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