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Focus on development, say Oppn as AIADMK mulls merger

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The (BJP) and the on Wednesday pooh-poohed the All Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) over its internal clashes and said this factionalism has been taking a toll on the development of

Talking to ANI here, general secretary Murlidhar Rao termed the factionalism as an 'alarming' development.

He said that since the death of former chief minister Jayalalithaa, the people of are deprived of development for which they voted the to power.

He refused to comment on the possible of the two factions of the AIADMK: O Panneerselvam (- Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) and V K Sasikala (AIADMK - Amma).

He, however, demanded action against the people responsible for using money power in run up to the R.K. Nagar by-polls, which forced the Commission to cancel the elections.

Meanwhile, the Party exhorted the AIADMK-led to concentrate on development.

spokesperson Tom Vaddakan, however, expressed apprehensions that the 'exercise' may be an effort to win the R.K. Nagar by-polls.

He said if the was being made to win the then it was unfortunate and won't help the AIADMK.

"So, the advice to the Tamil Nadu of the day is to abstain from any political brinkmanship and concentrate on development they have always promised," said Vaddakan.

Reports coming from Chennai suggest that efforts are being made to unite the AIADMK after Sasikala's nephew Dinakaran is marred in controversies: income Tax raid at his home and a bribery case against him filed by the crime branch of the Delhi Police.

Both factions have constituted two committees to mull the merger.

Reports say that key members of both factions have already arrived on a consensus that there will not be any Sasikala family members in both the party and in the government, which means Dinakaran will be shown the door.

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First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 18:22 IST