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CM camp goes soft on OPS faction, rebels firm in opposing govt

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The camp led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami continues to keep its doors open for the rebel leader O Panneerselvam-led faction to facilitate a rapprochement.

The former chief minister-led camp is, however, firm in opposing the even as sidelined deputy general secretary T T V Dhinakaran continues to strengthen his support base within the by meeting party functionaries.

"It is my humble request that we (factions) should be united and not give room for others to mock or criticise Amma's (J Jayalalithaa's) led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami," Minister and senior faction leader D Jayakumar said today.

Disagreeing with his view, senior Panneerselvam faction leader K P Munusamy said the incumbent regime was not Amma's

"Had it been the real Amma's there would not have been a split or announcement for a protest," he told reporters here.

The Panneerselvam-led faction had announced a protest demonstration on August 10 here on various issues faced by the people. However, it has now been deferred to a later date, tentatively August 18.

Munusamy, who was a minister in late Jayalalithaa's 2011-16 regime, said opposition parties "should not mock at this which was ushered in by and people should not weep... That is why we have announced a protest."

The Panneerselvam camp has been maintaining that a patch-up was not possible.

Panneerselvam had on June 11 disbanded a seven-member party (AIADMK-Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) to facilitate a merger with the ruling (Amma) faction.

comprises factions led by chief minister Palaniswami, rebel leader Panneeerselvam and party deputy general secretary T T V Dhinakaran.

Meanwhile, several functionaries who were days ago appointed by Dhinakaran continued to call on him at his residence here, reassuring him of their support.

When Dhinakaran made the appointments on August 4, the Palaniswami camp had questioned the move and the Panneerselvam faction had kept aloof, saying "Dhinakaran is an outsider" and hence it did not matter.

Dhinakaran loyalist and sitting MLA Thanga Tamilselvan, to a question, said those who opposed (minister Jayakumar and others) the present appointments were themselves appointed by party general secretary V K Sasikala.

He demanded to know why they have not come forward to quit such party posts.

He said according to the plan, Dhinakaran would begin his state-wide tour from Madurai District on August 14.

On August 7, Palaniswami had said he expected to see the much-anticipated but delayed merger of the factions "soon.

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First Published: Tue, August 08 2017. 22:07 IST