Dinakaran in Bengaluru, to meet Sasikala today

"The decision is unanimous and based on the views of all ministers including Chief Minister, MLAs, MPs, public", said minister D Jayakumar after a meeting held at the Chief Minister's home last evening.

Efforts to unite the AIADMK factions picked up speed after Delhi Police filed a case against Dinakaran for trying to bribe the Election Commission to allot his faction the now frozen "two leaves" election symbol.

Earlier, an alleged middleman, Sukesh Chandrashekhar had been arrested in this matter.

Sources said, "Dinakaran arrived in city on Monday and is likely to meet Sasikala on Tuesday morning".

Sasikala's elevation had bothered many along with Jaya's niece Deepa Jayakumar, who floated a new party called MGR Amma Deepa Peravai.

Though the Palaniswamy and Panneerselvam camps have shown inclination for the merger of the two factions, there have not been any direct talks between them so far.

"If approached, we are ready to sit and talk and I have confidence that they [leaders] will come [for talks]", he told reporters at the airport. Shockwaves ran through a section of the AIADMK and its supporters when Dinakaran shifted to the late Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence with his aunt, after being shunned by her for years.

Chennai: Several senior Tamil Nadu Ministers tonight went into a huddle here amid reports about coming together of rival AIADMK factions led by TTV Dhinakaran and O Panneerselvam.

Panneerselvam said, "The war for justice is to retrieve the party from the clutches of that family."Both factions would now hold talks for a merger". According to NDTV, E Palanisamy could remain as the chief minister, whereas, Panneerselvam could be awarded the post of AIADMK general secretary.

He said they have group sought written proof that Sasikla and Dinakaran have been removed from the primary membership of the AIADMK and proof of withdrawal of their affidavit before the Election Commission.

"We are demanding the resignations of TTV Dinakaran and Sasikala". He claimed that the Palaniswami government was being controlled and influenced by Sasikala's family. Instead of sailing or sinking with Dinakaran, the Edappadi camp made a decision to desert him to save the government and the party.

The talks for a merger gained ground after an FIR was registered against Dinakaran for bribing the Election Commission officials for staking claim of the "Two Leaves" party symbol.

Munusamy also hit out at senior leader M Thambidurai who had said that Palaniswami would continue as Chief Minister.

  • Jon Douglas