O Panneerselvam's faction says cadres want him as both chief minister and AIADMK general secretary. Pic/AFP
Chennai: Moves to merge the two factions of AIADMK appeared to have hit a stumbling block yesterday, with the O Panneerselvam camp putting certain conditions like formal expulsion of VK Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran from the party, besides a CBI probe into Jayalalithaa's death.
Panneerselvam also wants withdrawal of affidavits submitted to the Election Commission by the Palaniswami faction declaring Sasikala and Dhinakaran as party general secretary and deputy general secretary, respectively.
A top leader of the Panneerselvam camp, KP Munusamy, said their first demand was getting Sasikala and Dhinakaran's resignation and later their formal expulsion, along with 30 other members of their family. Panneerselvam also wants the Palaniswami government to recommend a CBI probe to go into the circumstances that led to Jayalalithaa's death in December last year. There can be a scope for talks to pave the way for merger only if these conditions are met, Munusamy said.
He said a notification should be issued on Dhinakaran and Sasikala family's expulsion. Cadres should be told not to have any truck with them, he said.
AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam of the Palaniswami camp said his faction had not put forth any condition for the merger talks and that they would "happily" sit for negotiations considering the party's welfare.
A supporter of TTV Dhinakaran tries to set himself ablaze at the AIADMK leader’s residence in Chennai on Wednesday after the Delhi Police's arrival. Pic/PTI
Dhinakaran has been summoned by the Delhi Police on his reported attempt to bribe an EC official in a case related to the party's poll symbol. The police served the summons to Dhinakaran late on Wednesday and asked him to appear in person on Friday in Delhi. High drama was witnessed when a Dhinakaran follower attempted self-immolation when the police arrived.