AIADMK merger deferred for now: Party sources

Pauline Gross
August 19, 2017

The talks are going on smoothly.

The two factions of AIADMK, one led by the current Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and the other by former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam were expected to make a joint statement about the expected merger on Friday when the legislators from both factions were gathered at the former party chief Jayalalithaa's memorial in Chennai.

Sources in Panneerselvam's camp also told the reporters that the decision on merger between the two factions, which broke apart after the death of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in December a year ago, has been left to the faction leader.

RECAP | Sources told News18 that the roadblock in the merger talks was caused because of a last minute demand from O Panneerselvam, who wanted to have the final say in party affairs in case of a disagreement. A positive result is expected in a day or two, he told reporters.

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A judicial probe into then Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's death will prove AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala innocent, T.T.V. Dinakaran, a leader of one of the AIADMK factions, said here on Friday. For instance, while general secretary VK Sasikala and her nephew and deputy TTV Dhinakaran have been ostensibly side-lined, it is clear that they still hold enough stay to trouble even if not to usurp.

The OPS camp said the cadres won't accept E Palaniswamy as the Chief Minister of the state.

A likely merger will end the revolt ignited by Panneerselvam on February 7 when he dropped a bombshell, saying he was forced to resign as chief minister and to propose Sasikala as the party chief so that she could become the chief minister. "Now I should save the party and the government", he said, after his release from jail.

However, after a while, the leaders started to leave the Amma memorial as the expectations for the much-awaited merger announcement faded. However, we still have MLAs who support us in both the factions.

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