Rebel AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam stated that merger of factions a step forward and a “good” decision would be reached shortly.Party sources indicated that there may be a meeting at the party headquarters on Monday where decisions could be made by the Palaniswamy camp on the question of the “formal expulsion” of VK Sasikala.
Panneerselvam earlier participated in gatherings held by party functionaries in Tirunelveli and nearby regions.”Our lofty goal in effecting the merger will be to see that the party does not get entangled in the clutches of a family,” apparently targeting party chief VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dhinakaran.
The rebel leader further said that “our goal will succeed” and that “this party will be of the cadres, and it will be safeguarded.”Meanwhile, party deputy general secretary Dinakaran held discussions with his supporters in Chennai in the backdrop of expectations that the merger may fructify on Monday.
In Erode, AIADMK Amma faction veteran and Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan told “It will be a good decision and will happen to the liking of cadres and people.”
The merger talks gained momentum after Palaniswamy on 17 August announced that a inquiry commission would be set up to probe the death of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her Poes Garden residence would be converted into memorial two of the key demands put forth by the Panneerselvam camp.