Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

AIADMK merger deferred for now: Party sources

AIADMK merger deferred for now: Party sources

"Talks are going on smoothly and in another two days, you can expect good news", the former chief minister, popularly called OPS said.

On the merger of EPS and OPS factions, he alleged that they were joining hands for personal benefits and not in the interest of the party, nor the people. It was said that both the factions may merge before 15 Aug, however, nothing of this sought has happened yet.

Team OPS has made it clear that while they are not pressing for their leader to return as Tamil Nadu chief minister, the current CM E Palaniswami or EPS, is also acceptable to them in the top post in the government.

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam held consultations with his loyalists, while chief minister E Palaniswami held marathon talks with his cabinet colleagues. Though the visit of the family members coincides with Sasikala's birthday, Mr. Dhinakaran is reported to have used the occasion to brief the jailed interim general secretary of the AIADMK about the recent political developments involving the two warring factions of the party.

According to reports, Palanisamy and Panneerselvam were expected to make a joint appearance at Jayalalithaa's memorial in Chennai and announce the merger.

Meanwhile, sidelined AIADMK deputy general secretary T T V Dhinakaran held deliberations with supporters at his residence here. Leaders in the Panneerselvam camp failed to come to a consensus on becoming a part of the Government led by Edappadi Palanisami. Talking to reporters at Tiruvarur, where he would participate in the MGR birth centenary celebrations, AIADMK Amma leader Palaniswami said the AIADMK party was founded by MGR and it was well nurtured by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. He said the merger talks were progressing smoothly.

On the expectation of a merger announcement at the Jayalalithaa mausoleum at Marina Beach late in the evening, security was beefed up there, with several MLAs converging.

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