Talks on in Tamil Nadu on AIADMK Factions’ Merger

O. Panneerselvam and T.T.V. Dinakaran. Credit: PTI

O. Panneerselvam and T.T.V. Dinakaran. Credit: PTI

Chennai: Several senior Tamil Nadu ministers on Monday night went into a huddle amid reports about coming together of rival AIADMK factions led by T.T.V. Dinakaran and O. Panneerselvam.

They later welcomed rebel leader Panneerselvam’s offer for talks on merger and decided to work out the modalities for taking forward the proposal.

Emerging from the more than an hour-and-half long meeting held at the residence of electricity minister K. Thangamani, finance minister D. Jayakumar said modalities were being worked out to pave the way for the merger of factions led by Dinakaran and Panneerselvam.

Panneerselvam had earlier said that the party factions should work in unison. It is welcome, he said, adding that senior party leader and Lok Sabha deputy speaker M. Thambidurai too hailed it.

“Given that opinion (voiced by OPS), modalities to strengthen the party and to run it with unity were discussed,” he said, briefing reporters about the deliberations at the meeting which was attended by most of the ministers of E.K. Palaniswami government.

Jayakumar said all the ministers and legislators welcomed the view of Panneerselvam.

“All the 123 MLAs and all ministers are of the same view. The rule of Amma (Jayalalithaa) should continue and two-leaves symbol (of AIADMK) should be retrieved,” he said.

Law minister C.V. Shanmugam said since party’s deputy chief Dinakaran was away in Bengaluru, the matter will be discussed with him after he returns to the city and a decision would be taken.

On speculations about Sasikala resigning from her post, Shanmugam said it was a “lie”. Jayakumar said, “There is no such thing.”