AIADMK Merger Delayed, Differences Within Factions Prevail

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| August 19 , 2017 , 11:39 IST

After the much-anticipated merger was delayed as the two factions of AIADMK, who gathered at the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J jayalalithaa's memorial at Marina Beach on Friday, left without making any statement.

A senior leader from the O. Panneerselvam faction told the media at the former Chief Minister's house that there would be no press interaction and the media would be informed if there is to be one on Saturday.

The two factions of AIADMK, one led by the current Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and the other by former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam were expected to make a joint statement about the expected merger on Friday when the legislators from both factions were gathered at the former party chief Jayalalithaa's memorial in Chennai.

According to sources, the there were serious differences within the Panneerselvam's camp over the modalities of merger. The party could not sort out their differences during the over four-hour deliberation held at the former Chief Minister's residence.

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Sources in Panneerselvam's camp also told the reporters that the decision on merger between the two factions, which broke apart after the death of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in December last year, has been left to the faction leader.

After months of bickering and tending to each other's demands, the legislators from both the factions were confident about the merger till early Friday, however, as the memorial visit neared, the leaders reserved their opinions from the media.

Accordingly, the Jayalalithaa memorial on the Marina beach was decked up with flowers, raising hopes that the two groups would be making a joint announcement on Friday evening. And large crowds began to gather there amid a drizzle. But this did not happen.

Panneerselvam had laid three conditions for a merger: keeping out AIADMK General Secretary and the now jailed V.K. Sasikala and her family, ordering a judicial probe into Jayalalithaa's death and converting her home into a memorial.

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The Palaniswami faction had only days ago declared the appointment of T.T.V. Dinakaran, Sasikala's nephew, as Deputy General Secretary as "improper, unacceptable and invalid".

This was challenged by Dinakaran, who is said to have the support of around 20 legislators and who on Friday called on Sasikala in jail in Bengaluru. If the AIADMK merges, the party will get back its popular "two leaves" symbol which has been frozen by the Election Commission.