AIADMK factions form panels for merger talks

AIADMK factions form panels for merger talks

AIADMK factions form panels for merger talks

The merger prospects for the two warring AIADMK factions in Tamil Nadu suddenly brightened on Friday with both sides forming their respective panels to hold talks on a possible patch-up.

The AIADMK (Amma) group led by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami held a meeting at the party headquarters and decided to form a seven-member team comprising senior ministers to hold talks with rival leader O Panneerselvam’s faction.

Similarly, the Panneerselvam camp also announced that a committee would be formed soon to hold merger talks, considering the interests of party cadres. 

The panel formed by the Edappadi group will be headed by AIADMK Rajya Sabha member R Vaithilingam and would comprise senior ministers P Thangamani, K A Sengottaiyan, S P Velumani, Dindigul Srinivasan, D Jayakumar and C Ve Shanmugam.

“Whenever they (Panneerselvam’s group) are ready, we will hold talks,” Vaithilingam said. A source in the party said that Palaniswami had instructed ministers not to express their personal views after the Panneerselvam camp felt “insulted” by remarks of a senior party leader, which had stalled the merger talks.

Later in the evening, the Panneerselvam camp also formed a seven-member committee led by former minister K P Munusamy for merger talks with the Edappadi group.

Meanwhile, Madhavan, husband of the late chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa, launched the MGR JJ DMK, and claimed that his party would unite the AIADMK.