TN CM, OPS express confidence on merger

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Aug 2017 09:45:14


Aug 19,


AS suspense mounted over merger of the two rival AIADMK factions, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam on Saturday expressed confidence it will happen soon with the latter saying a positive result was expected in “a day or two.” Palaniswami, who is in Tiruvarur to take part in AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran’s centenary celebrations, said he was confident that “both the factions would merge soon”. Panneerselvam, a former Chief Minister and leader of AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma faction, earlier in the day said in Chennai that the merger talks were going on smoothly and a positive result was expected in “a day or two.”

As the warring factions headed for a merger, the T T V Dhinakaran faction warned the Chief Minister that he would be replaced if his activities did not go down well with the party. The Chief Minister said difference of opinion between the two factions had emerged earlier and that they were now being addressed through discussions.

“I am happy to inform that both the factions will merge soon,” he told reporters at Tiruvarur in Thanjavur district. Responding to a query on whether MLAs of Panneerselvam faction would get a berth in the Cabinet, Palaniswami merely said, “discussions are going on.” “(AIADMK Supremo and former Chief Minister) Puratchi Thalaivi Amma (Jayalalithaa who is fondly called as Amma) has been guarding the party as her own eyelid. She has given various schemes and projects for the benefit of the people,” he said.

Panneerselvam, who is scheduled to leave for Madurai tomorrow to attend a meeting, said a positive result was expected in “a day or two.” “Talks are going on smoothly. A positive result is expected in a day or two,” he told reporters in Chennai. The much expected merger between the two factions last night had failed to come off following reported divergent views among the members of the OPS faction.