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Panneerselvam camp may suspend AIADMK merger talks if Sasikala, Dinakaran not sacked from party

Panneerselvam camp may suspend AIADMK merger talks if Sasikala, Dinakaran not sacked from party

It seems the blame game between the two warring AIADMK factions is here to stay. Ahead of Chief Minister E Palaniswami’s cabinet meet, O Panneerselvam today accused him of being an ally of TTV Dinakaran who is currently in police custody.

Dinakaran, who was inducted in the Sasikala camp, after the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, has been embroiled in the Election Commission bribery case.

While talks of a merger between OPS and EPS factions were rife, the former had put forward two demands to the EPS team.

OPS camp’s demands were the sacking of Sasikala from the General Secretary post and a CBI inquiry into the death of Jayalalithaa.

However, EPS team in response had said that they were not in a position to promise anything, but will be open to discussion.

MERGER TALKS IN JEOPARDY

Earlier on Monday, OPS camp issued an ultimatum to EPS team to fulfil their key demands by Tuesday evening.

Sources close to OPS faction said that if EPS team does not agree to the demands, OPS camp may suspend talks and dismantle the 7-member committee formed to deal with the merger.

Paneerselvam, who has made his stance clear, is also gearing up for a statewide tour from May 5 in order to prepare his supporters for the upcoming local body polls.

OPS camp also raised the issue of an affidavit submitted before the Election Commission to claim the two-leaf symbol. OPS team said that the affidavit had the names of Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran, hinting at the clout of the Mannargudi family within the AIADMK.

Source: India Today

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