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E Palaniswamy announced judicial probe into Jayalalithaa's death to please BJP: DMK

Chennai: The DMK on Thursday described the Tamil Nadu government's decision to set up a judicial commission to go into the death of Jayalalithaa as a step aimed at sidelining VK Sasikala under "pressure" from the BJP-led govenment at the Centre.

File image of E Palaniswamy. PTI

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami. PTI

"Both the factions of AIADMK are taking turns to fall at the feet of the BJP at the Centre. This step can be seen only as a move aimed at pleasing the BJP," DMK leader TKS Elangovan said in his reaction to the development.

He said that when the DMK had demanded a judicial probe, the same Edappadi Palaniswamy had rejected it but now they have been forced to do the same because of "pressure" from the BJP and aimed at sidelining Sasikala.

Palaniswami has announced that a judicial commission will probe the death of Jayalalithaa and said her Poes Garden house will turn into a memorial, meeting the main demands of former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam for the two AIADMK groups to merge.

"The government has decided to appoint a commission of inquiry headed by a retired judge to go into the death of Jayalalithaa as there have been several reports on the circumstances surrounding the death," he told the media at the Secretariat, accompanied by senior ministers including finance minister D Jayakumar.

He also said that in deference to the demand from various sections and people, the government had decided to convert Chennai's Poes Garden residence, where Jayalalithaa lived, into a memorial which will be open for public.

Published Date: Aug 17, 2017 17:59 PM | Updated Date: Aug 17, 2017 17:59 PM

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