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No merger soon: AIADMK OPS camp says Palaniswami did not meet key demands

OPS dissolves 7-member committee formed to hold talks with EPS

T E Narasimhan  |  Chennai 

AIADMK interim general secretary VK Sasikala and party leader O Panneerselvam. Photo: PTI
AIADMK interim general secretary VK Sasikala and party leader O Panneerselvam. Photo: PTI

The merger between the two factions, one led by O and the other by Edapadi Palaniswami, has hit a road block. The former chief minister and late chief minister J Jayalalithaa's close aide, Panneerselvam, announced that he has dissolved the committee he had set up to hold talks with the camp.

In a letter issued on Sunday evening, said that he had dissolved the seven-member panel formed in April to hold merger talks between the two factions.

The camp, which presently has 12 MPs and 11 legislators, also said that the faction has not honoured their demand of expelling party chief VK Sasikala and her nephew, TTV Dinakaran.

"The decision was based on the feedback from our cadres, common people, especially from ladies," said

Rajya Sabha lawmaker V Maitreyan, who was a member of the now dissolved committee and is one of the senior leaders in the camp, gave the same reasons for the decision: That the other side has not expelled Sasikala and Dinakaran and that they have not sought a CBI probe into Jayalalithaa's death.

fractured into two camps following Jayalalithaa's death in December as its chief, VK Sasikala, tried to appropriate the chief minister's chair from before her subsequent conviction in a corruption case. Before her incarceration, Sasikala appointed Palaniswami, who many see as her proxy, as Tamil Nadu's chief minister and her nephew Dinakaran as the party's number two. Currently, the original party has three factions. 

The Election Commission (EC) froze the party's two-leaves symbol after both sides staked claim their claim to it, saying they represent the original In April, Dinakaran was arrested on charges of bribing EC officials to get control of the symbol.

Meanwhile, Parithi Ilamvazhuthi, a senior functionary in AIADMK’s Puratchi Thalaivi camp, led by Panneerselvam, on Sunday met the party’s Amma faction leader Dhinakaran. So far, 34 MLAs have met Dinakaran.

First Published: Mon, June 12 2017. 11:04 IST