Panneerselvam faction puts two preconditions for talks with ministers group​


CHENNAI: The AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) faction headed by former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam on Thursday put two
for holding
merger talks+
with the ruling AIADMK (Amma faction).

Panneerselvam faction wants the AIADMK (Amma) faction to withdraw the affidavits filed with the Election Commission which claimed that V K Sasikala and
TTV Dhinakaran+
are the general secretary and deputy general secretary, respectively, of the AIADMK. It also wants the Edappadi K Palanisami government to ask the Centre to order a CBI probe into the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

“We want the expulsion of Sasikala as general secretary and
as deputy general secretary. A statement must be issued clearly stating their expulsion and also that no cadre should have any truck with the family members,” said former minister and senior OPS group leader K P Munusamy.

“There can no compromise on the demand for a CBI probe to bring out the mystery surrounding the death of Jayalalithaa. Only if the government orders a CBI probe, we will agree to hold talks,” said Munusamy.

The immediate trigger for the group putting the preconditions is the comments made by Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thamidurai that Palanisami would continue as chief minister and the remark of finance minister D Jayakumar who said Sasikala and her family members had been sidelined not because of pressure from OPS and that “Panneerselvam would claim that Donald Trump was elected as US President by him.”

These two statements have hurt the OPS group which had held marathon meetings of MPs and MLAs since Thursday morning. Post lunch, the group laid the two new preconditions for holding merger talks.

Munusamy said the Sasikala family was using Dhinakaran to enact a drama in the AIADMK. The family members, including Sasikala, her husband Natarajan and her brother Divakaran were trying to make Dhinakaran a scapegoat, he said.