Hopes of AIADMK merger up; team formed to hold parleys

Apr 19, 2017, 06:24 IST | Agencies

The ruling AIADMK (Amma) faction yesterday announced constitution of a team to hold talks with the rival Panneerselvam camp on the issue of a possible patch-up

Tamil Nadu ministers address the media after a meeting late on Monday to retrieve the two leaves symbol. Pic/PTI
Tamil Nadu ministers address the media after a meeting late on Monday to retrieve the two leaves symbol. Pic/PTI

Chennai: The ruling AIADMK (Amma) faction yesterday announced constitution of a team to hold talks with the rival Panneerselvam camp on the issue of a possible patch-up.

Senior leader in the VK Sasikala faction and Cooperation Minister, Sellur K Raju, said Chief Minister K Palaniswami has constituted a team of "senior ministers" for the purpose.

"The chances of the panel holding talks are high," Raju told a Tamil TV Channel.

He said that since there was a "split between siblings", it would not be fair on the part of either side to put terms and conditions for the merger talks.

Meanwhile, the O Panneerselvam camp took to Twitter to express its willingness to hold talks with the AIADMK (Amma) faction. "The AIADMK (Amma) faction has constituted a team to hold talks. We are ready to hold consultations with that team if it meets us," Twitter handle @OfficeofOPS said.

OPS stays firm on Sasikala family ouster

O Panneerselvam
O Panneerselvam

Leader of rival AIADMK faction O Panneerselvam again voiced his opposition to party chief VK Sasikala, saying their "basic principle" was that the party and government should not be in the hands of a family.

Panneerselvam, expelled by Sasikala following his revolt against her in February this year, also remained firm on his faction's demand for a probe into late J Jayalalithaa's death.

Meanwhile, sources in the Panneerselvam camp said it will join for talks the rival faction only if the "Sasikala family is ousted from AIADMK".

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