Palaniswami camp asks OPS to reconsider decision on merger

"Since the talks between both the factions began, they have been carrying out a drama, we are no longer interested in this drama", noted OPS.

Even as he underscored the importance of reunification of the factions, the Minister said, "We are strong and stable".

The committee formed to initiate merger talks between the O Panneerselvam and Edappadi K Palanisamy factions of the AIADMK Party has been dissolved.

None of the demands had been met, though a section of ministers revolted against Dinakaran in April, asking him to stay away from party affairs.

With more than 30 legislators extending support to Dhinakaran, some were expecting Palaniswami and Panneerselvam to join hands to retrieve the party's symbol, which the Election Commission froze earlier. That too very soon."Asked about former chief minister J Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar trying to enter Poes Garden residence on Sunday, Panneerselvam said a decision on the residence would have to be taken as per law."For us, Veda Nilayam (Jaya's residence) is a temple".

The faction has since challenged the election of Sasikala as AIADMK general secretary before the Election Commission, while also staking claim for the party's two leaves symbol.

The party broke into two factions following Jayalalithaa's death in December 2016 as the then AIADMK chief VK Sasikala tried to replace Panneerselvam as chief minister before her conviction in a corruption case. "But the ruling faction is silent on this".

Summary: But that has not happened with regard to the appointment of Sasikala as general secretary.

The seven member committee which was formed by OPS which included members lie Natham Viswanathan, Manoj Pandian, Maitreyan, Ma Foi Pandiarajan among others now stands dissolved. "But with our decision to disband the merger negotiation committee, the anti-Sasikala mood will gain momentum", Palaniswamy said. Virtually bringing down the curtain on the merger of the two rival pary groups, AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) camp leader Panneerselvam last night made the announcement at a meeting of party functionaries in Chennai.

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  • Joanne Flowers