AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi) faction head, O Panneerselvam on Sunday announced that he is dissolving the seven-member panel formed in April to hold merger talks with the rival AIADMK (Amma) faction.
Panneerselvam's announcement reportedly came after functionaries demanded a decision regarding the merger, which had hit a roadblock.
According to reports, the OPS camp, which presently has 12 MPs and 11 legislators, pointed out that the EPS faction has not honoured their conditions for a merger. There was no move to expel party chief VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dhinakaran, nor was there a CBI probe initiated into the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
In addition to this, several legislators belonging to the Edappadi Palaniswami faction visited TTV Dhinakaran right after he came back to Chennai on bail. They further reiterated their stand that Dhinakaran remains the Deputy General Secretary of the party.
The committee had been formed on April 21 but failed to reach any form of consensus or hold formal discussions on a merger. The AIADMK split into two factions after its General Secreatary VK Sasikala attempted to approprite the Chief Ministership from O Panneerselvam. When she was convicted in the disproportionate assets case, she made EPS the Chief Minister and her nephew, Dhinakaran the Deputy General Secretary.
Dhinakaran, when released from prison, scoffed at the failure of both faction at successfully merging and reportedly said, "Even 45 days after I left, the merger hasn't happened. Now I should save the party and the government."