Tamil Nadu CM meets PM Modi amid speculation on merger

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami during a meeting with ministers and party's senior leaders at party's headquarters in Chennai

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami's faction of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) passed a resolution on Thursday denouncing current party General Secretary TTV Dinakaran. Panneerselvam, the then CM had pointed at Sasikala alleging her role in Jayalalithaa's death. Talking to reporters at Thanjavur, he sought to know while other postings such as the party treasurer appointed by Sasikala are valid, how could his appointment as the deputy general secretary be invalid.

Even the Election Commission has not recognised his post and it is even looking into the validity of VK Sasikala as general secretary, the resolution added. Downplaying rebellion by former chief minister O Panneerselvam, he said some may have separated from the party but it will have no bearing on the government.

Thursday's resolution also stated that Dinakaran can not hold any position in the party, according to its bylaws, since he had failed to maintain his primary membership for five years following his ouster by J Jayalalithaa, the party leader who died in December 2016. The merger is likely to take place before August 15 and both EPS and OPS, who will be in Delhi for Venkaiah Naidu's swearing in as Vice-president on Thrhursday evening are expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi together and formally announce their decision.

Chennai: Taking a step closer to a merger, the O Panneerselvam faction on Friday moved the Election Commission with a prayer to reject the almost seven lakh affidavits submitted by the AIADMK-Amma party in support of V K Sasikala and T T V Dhinakaran and termed them "false declarations".


The AIADMK in Tamil Nadu does not seem to know what it stands for and what it wants.

According to sources, OPS is not ready for Deputy Chief Minister's post. For the first time, Panneerselvam indicated that the merger efforts could see the light of the day when he said any decision on unification would keep in mind the "aspirations and wishes of the cadre".

He said the ruling faction would come to grief, hinting that MLAs owing allegiance to Sasikala could cause problems in a trial of strength in the Tamil Nadu assembly. "If there is a crisis, he will choose the party first, not the government".

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