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Talks on merger move a step ahead, 'good decision' soon: O Panneerselvam

Palaniswami, too, had said he was confident that both the factions would merge soon

Press Trust of India  |  Rajapalayam (Tamil Nadu) 

O Panneerselvam

Rebel All India Anna Democratic Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader on Sunday said talks on the of factions led by him and Chief Minister K have moved a step forward and a "good" decision would be reached shortly.

"I had informed that the talks are already progressing smoothly. It has progressed one more step... A good decision will be attained shortly as desired by you," he told reporters in Rajapalayam after a meeting with his party functionaries.

On Saturday, had said that talks on the of the factions were going on smoothly and a positive result was expected in a "day or two".

Palaniswami, too, had said he was confident that "both the factions would merge soon".

In Erode, faction veteran and Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan echoed him.

"It will be good decision and it will happen to the liking of the cadres and people," he told reporters referring to the 'positive views' expressed by both and

Party sources indicated the merger might fructify tomorrow if an agreement was reached on the question of Sasikala's "formal expulsion," as demanded by the Panneerselvam faction.

There were also some issues like the role envisaged for top functionaries of Panneerselvam camp including K P and E Madhusudanan in the unified party, they said.

The merger talks have gained momentum after on August 17 announced that an inquiry commission would be set up to probe the death of late chief minister and her residence would be converted into a memorial, two of the key demands put forth by Panneerselvam camp.

Though the merger was expected to materialise on Friday night, it did not come through amid reported divergent views among the members of the Panneerselvam faction.

However, Panneerselvam cleared the air on Saturday, saying a positive result was expected in a day or two.

Panneerselvam, a former chief minister, had revolted against the leadership of jailed party chief V K Sasikala in February last, causing a split in the party.

First Published: Sun, August 20 2017. 19:30 IST