New Delhi, April 21: In order to successfully merge the two factions of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Tamil Nadu chief minister Palanisamy has formed a seven member committee to hold the merger talks with O Panneerselvam’s faction. As per ANI, this committee is headed by Member of Parliament R Vaithiyalingam. Apart from him, it also includes ministers C Sreenivasan, KA Sengottaiyan and D Jayakumar among others.
This comes at a time, when the speculated merger was under threat of not being successful, since both the factions were involved in a war of words. In addition to that, Panneerselvam also said that perhaps all these talk of merger is ‘drama’ authorised by Sasikala and her family members.
Trouble began for AIADMK when even after the decision to distance AIADMK from VK Sasikala and her family, two Dhinakaran loyalist claimed that Dhinakaran will remain their deputy general secretary. Apart from that the Palanisamy faction has also been critical about Panneerselvam.
But with this decision to set up a seven-member committee, it seems the merger is still possible and is on the table. However, it will depend on one of the most important as of now. That thing is Panneerselvam’s preconditions, which he said must be accepted by Palanisamy to make the merger possible.
One of the precondition included withdrawal of an affidavit filed by the Palanisamy group on the appointment of Sasikala as general secretary, wherein officially removing her and Dhinakaran. Apart from that, Panneerselvam demanded that a CBI investigation must be conducted on the death of J. Jayalalalithaa.
With such lack of trust between the two factions, the suspense remains if AIADMK will finally realise the two factions or end up being rivals in the near future.