Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and rebel AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam on Sunday said talks regarding the the merger of the warring factions led by him and current CM K Palaniswami have moved a step forward and expressed that a “good” decision would be reached shortly. “I had informed that the merger talks are already progressing smoothly. It has progressed one more step…A good decision will be attained shortly as desired by you,” he told mediapersons after a meeting with his party functionaries.
Panneerselvam stated that the party will be united, insisting that no party interference will be allowed to persist in the party, ANI reported. On Saturday, Panneerselvam had indicated a positive result was expected in a “day or two”. Meanwhile, Palaniswami had also stated he was confident that “both the factions would merge soon”.
AIADMK Amma faction veteran and Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan had echoed him. “It will be good decision and it will happen to the liking of the cadres and people,” he said while referring to the ‘positive views’ expressed by both Panneerselvam and Palaniswami.
As per sources on both sides, the merger might fructify on Monday. The factions led by OPS and Palaniswami seemed to have chalked out the formula for re-unification following the end of many marathon meetings over the past few months.
The AIADMK merger talks started gaining momentum after Palaniswami on August 17 announced that an inquiry commission would be set up to probe the death of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa and that her Poes Garden residence would be converted into a memorial, two of the key demands put forth by Panneerselvam camp. However, the OPS camp’s key demand of removal of jailed party chief VK Sasikala from the party remain unmet.
Panneerselvam had launched a rebellion against the leadership of Sasikala in February last, causing a split in the party.
With PTI inputs