Chennai, April 20: The O Panneerselvam camp on Thursday made its stance clear and has put forth its two demands ahead of the merger with the Edappadi Palaniswami camp. Former AIADMK minister KP Munusamy said if the demands are met then only talks will be held.Also Read - Centre Urges States to Impose Lockdown-like Restrictions in Districts Reporting Positivity Rate Above 10%
“We demand affidavit submitted by Sasikala camp to the Election Commission stating Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran are holding party-position must be taken back. The Tamil Nadu government must initiate and recommend CBI probe into the mysterious death of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa. If they accept these demands only then there will be talks,” Munusamy said. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown Update: Govt Extends Restrictions Till August 9, Check What’s Allowed, What’s Not
Earlier in the day, rebel AIADMK leader and former chief minister Panneerslevam described the ministers’ revolt against the rival Chinamma faction leader TTV Dhinakaran as the “first success” of his “dharma yudh” against VK Sasikala. Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: Ashwini Vaishnaw to Make Statement on Pegasus Case in Rajya Sabha Tomorrow
According to reports, Panneerselvam said he had launched the ‘dharma yudh’ with the help of his supporters, including MPs and MLAs, to ensure that the AIADMK did not go into hands of Sasikala’s family.
“After Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) death, the party went into the hands of Sasikala’s family and to prevent it we had launched a dharma yudh. And yesterday’s (minister’s revolt) is the first success in that war,” he said.
Panneerselvam had revolted against Sasikala on February 7 alleging that he was forced to step down for her elevation as the chief minister.
She had been elected AIADMK Legislature party leader on February 5 for this purpose, but her conviction by Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case dashed hopes of becoming the chief minister.