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AIADMK crisis: Palaniswami faction goes into huddle to take final call on Panneerselvam’s demands

Two warring factions of the AIADMK appeared inching towards a merger on Friday as Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami went into a huddle with senior ministers amid mounting speculation that the months-long political drama was nearing an end.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2017 21:45 IST
Tamil Nadu chief minister 'Edappadi' K Palaniswami along with ministers during the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Chennai on Thursday.
Tamil Nadu chief minister 'Edappadi' K Palaniswami along with ministers during the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Chennai on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

Two warring factions of the AIADMK appeared inching towards a merger on Friday as Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami went into a huddle with senior ministers amid mounting speculation that the months-long political drama was nearing an end.

Television channels reported that Palaniswami formed a seven-member committee to take a final call on demands made his rival faction leader and former chief minister O Panneerselvam that include the ouster of party chief VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran.

News agency PTI reported that Palaniswami – a Sasikala loyalist -- was joined by cabinet colleagues D Jayakumar, C Ve Shanmugham, S P Velumani, Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam, among others at party headquarters in Chennai.

This came a day after Panneerselvam hardened its stance, calling for Sasikala, Dinakaran and 30 other family members to be pushed out of the party. The camp has also demanded a CBI probe into the circumstances leading to former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s death.

Channels indicated that the merger talks were inching towards a compromise that would likely include the expulsion or resignation of Sasikala and her controversial family that is accused of amassing crores through illegal businesses. The merger is likely to see the election commission restore the “two leaves” symbol to the party.

The party split in the run up to the RK Nagar assembly bypoll that was scrapped following widespread money laundering and bribery charges. The turmoil in the state was triggered last December when former CM J Jayalalithaa died.

A month later, Panneerselvam rebelled against Sasikala, a long-term aide of Jayalalithaa who was looking set to become CM.