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CM Palaniswami faction goes into huddle over merger talks with OPS camp

Palaniswami was joined by his cabinet colleagues D Jayakumar, C Ve Shanmugham, S P Velumani

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami after taking the oath of secrecy administered by Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao during the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Chennai on Thursday

The faction today went into a huddle under Chief Minister K Palaniswami, a day after the O Panneerselvam camp set formal removal of party General Secretary and her deputy as conditions for merger talks.

was joined by his cabinet colleagues D Jayakumar, C Ve Shanmugham, S P Velumani, Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam among others at party headquarters.


Hardening its stance for merger talks, the Panneerselvam camp had yesterday demanded that the faction led by formally expel Sasikala and Dinakaran besides about 30 other members of their family from the party.

Following the cabinet's revolt against him early this week, Dinakaran had said he was "stepping aside" in the interest of the party.

A top leader in the Panneerselvam camp, KP Munusamy, had yesterday said the first demand was getting the resignation of Sasikala and Dinakaran and later their formal expulsion along with 30 other members of their family.

The Panneerselvam camp has also sought a probe into the circumstances leading to former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's death on December 5 last year.

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