Panneerselvam: People not in favour of AIADMK merger

RSTV Bureau

Sasikala O Panneerselvam Tamil NaduA day after Panneerselvam faction of AIADMK ruled out any kind of merger with the Palaniswamy side and disbanded the seven-member panel set up to hold merger talks, OPS  accused chief minister Palaniswami faction of “enacting dramas and not coming up with constructive action.”

“They (Palaniswami faction) continuously enacted dramas… we are not ready to stage dramas with them,” said former CM O Panneerselvam.

Neither constructive ideas nor action or confidence inspiring exchange of ideas happened to take the talks forward, he added.

Panneerselvam said the panel to facilitate unification of warring AIADMK factions was dissolved also because the  people were not in favour of a merger.

The panel was formed in April by the two sides to take forward merger talks.

Though both sides publicly announced their willingness to hold talks, the Panneerselvam faction remained firm on its demand for a CBI probe into the death of Jayalalithaa and the removal of AIADMK chief VK Sasikala and her family members, including Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran, from the party as a precondition for talks.

None of the demands had been met, though a section of ministers revolted against Dhinakaran in April, asking him to stay away from party affairs. He had also announced then that he was stepping aside. But later continued with party work.

Targetting jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dhinakaran, Panneerselvam claimed that the party cadres were on his side.

When the state Assembly meets on June 14, his faction would take up “duties that the government had failed to do,” he said.

Panneerselvam had revolted against Sasikala in February, alleging he was forced to make way for her elevation as chief minister.

He later led the breakaway faction of some MPs and MLAs besides senior functionaries.

The faction has since challenged the election of Sasikala as AIADMK general secretary before the Election Commission, while also staking claim for the party’s two leaves symbol.

(With inputs from PTI)