The rally comes at a time when the two factions, led by Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, seem set to seal a merger deal by ousting Sasikala and her family from the party.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami’s comments come in the wake of the rival O Panneerselvam-led Puratchi Thalaivi Amma faction stating that it had not heard from the Amma camp on the merger talks. The merger has been on the cards for sometime.
Though the K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam camp had initiated steps for discussing modalities of merger, the latter had disbanded a committed formed for this purpose saying their main demand was ouster of V K Sasikala and Dhinakaran from the party.
O Panneerselvam had been accorded CRPF security cover by the Centre from April 2 in the wake of incidents including, hurling of stones on his vehicle after he had revolted against AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala’s leadership in February this year.
Panneerselvam reiterated that his party’s “dharma yudh” would continue till the ‘mysterious knots’ in the death of Jayalalithaa were removed. Panneerselvam-led AIADMK faction had on March 8 staged a one-day fast here and in the district capitals, demanding an independent probe into the demise of Jayalalithaa.
Panneerselvam said BJP National President Amit Shah had sought support from him for Kovind and the matter was discussed with senior functionaries of the faction on Thursday, besides MPs and MLAs owing allegiance to him.
A cheer went up from the cadre after he made the announcement, sources in the AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) faction said. “He announced that the panel stands dissolved,” a source said.
Panneerselvam had met the Prime Minister last week.
Panneerselvam met prime minister Narendra Modi to discuss the political developments in the state.
The meeting came on a day actor Rajinikanth dropped hints about his political ambition.
Panneerselvam said the PM Modi assured he would look into farmer issues in the drought-hit state as well.
His tour comes at a time when merger talks between the two warring factions of the AIADMK have stalled.
Tamil Nadu deal: According to sources, what forced the ruling faction to give up the post of chief minister was the “vulnerable state of the government”.
The rift between Sasikala and Panneerselvam and the overall chaos in the party, highlights all that was wrong with the Dravidian movement
RK Nagar bypoll: While former presidium chairman Madhusudanan is the OPS nominee, Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dinakaran is the other candidate.