Panneerselvam's 'no' to Sasikala family for AIADMK unity

Stating that only under such circumstances Dhinakaran has been kept away, Munusamy said in keeping with AIADMK party practice, a party notification should be issued on Dhinakaran and Sasikala family's expulsion.

Dinakaran was scheduled to arrive in the city around 2 pm but the meeting was postponed after a bribery case was booked against him in Delhi.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police is likely to send a team to Chennai with summons for Dinakaran, accused of allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official to obtain the "two-leaves" symbol for his faction. He added that the Palaniswami camp had not set any pre-conditions for talks and that the camp was "happy to sit for discussions".

Therefore, to pull down the government, Dinakaran needs the support of over 20 members whereas only a handful have come out in his support so far.

Panneerselvam had earlier demanded a CBI probe into the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

Emerging from the more than an hour-and-half-long meeting held at the residence of Electricity Minister K Thangamani late tonight, Finance Minister D Jayakumar said modalities were being worked out to pave the way for the merger of factions led by Dhinakaran and Panneerselvam. "Let them (Sasikala faction) come out with official statements on the demands which we have made". Speaking to reporters at Periyakulam in Theni district, he reiterated that nomination of Sasikala as AIADMK general secretary and the decisions taken by her were invalid.

Panneerselvam also said doubts concerning Jayalalithaa's death had to be cleared.

Amid reports that the talks had hit a roadblock with leaders of the two factions insisting on the Chief Minister's post, the former minister said that they never asked for the post of the CM or party general secretary.

Munusamy said since Jayalalithaa has died and Karunanidhi is not active there is a political void in Tamil Nadu and only OPS can fill it.

Dinakaran earlier said that as everyone had chose to keep him out of party affairs, he had made a decision to stay out. He had claimed he was coerced to step down by Sasikala after Jayalalithaa's death. And it is all so that the united entity gets back the Two Leaves election symbol with which it has scored several victories before. According to sources, they want Palaniswamy to continue as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and give the deputy CM's position to O Panneerselvam.

Only her imprisonment for four years became infructuous.

  • Leroy Wright