Chennai, Apr 22: The AIADMK faction led by O Panneerselvam is adamant on their demand of expulsion of V K Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran from the party. O Panneerselvam on Friday formed a seven-member committee led by former minister KP Munusamy to hold talks with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, but maintained that the merger talks will be held only when AIADMK sacks VK Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran. The O Panneerselvam camp also demanded a CBI inquiry into the events leading to J Jayalalithaa’s death.Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown Update: Govt Extends Restrictions Till August 9, Check What’s Allowed, What’s Not
“Our panel consists of Rajya Sabha member V Maitreyan, former ministers C Ponnaiyan, Natham R Viswanathan, K Pandiarajan, former MLAs J C D Prabhakar and former MP P H Manoj Pandian,” Mettur MLA S Semmalai from the OPS camp told media. The development came after Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami took the reins of the faction in the absence of party deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran and held meeting with senior party leader for merger. Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: Ashwini Vaishnaw to Make Statement on Pegasus Case in Rajya Sabha Tomorrow
Both factions of the AIADMK are keen on joining hands to retrieve the frozen ‘two leaves’ symbol of the party ahead of the local body polls. For negotiations with OPS camp, Edappadi Palaniswami is also working on a seven-member panel of negotiators led by Rajya Sabha member R Vaithilingam. Both the sides are also willing to talk, but the OPS camp want the expulsion of VK Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran first. “We have no demands except what KP Munusamy said on Thursday,” Pandiarajan was quoted as saying. Also Read - Power Cut in Parts of Chennai Today. Check Time And Areas
KP Munusamy, a senior leader in OPS camp, said the EPS camp must secure the resignation of the jailed Sasikala and her nephew Dinakaran from their party posts before holding merger talks. He had also asked the ruling AIADMK faction to withdraw the affidavit filed with the Election Commission naming Sasikala as General Secretary and Dinakaran as Deputy General Secretary.
After Jayalalithaa died on December 5, Sasikala took charge of the AIADMK, and forced the exit of Chief Minister Panneerselvam, who finally revolted against her. Although the ruling AIADMK faction has more supporters in the Tamil Nadu assembly, it is in deep trouble after Delhi Police filed a case against Dinakaran on charges of trying to bribe voters in Chennai.