Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

After a day of speculations, AIADMK merger fails to come through

After a day of speculations, AIADMK merger fails to come through

Merger talks are going on cordially.

When quizzed whether the developments will expedite the merger of the two camps, one led by former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and the other by Mr. Palaniswami, he said: "In 1989, after MGR's demise, our leader united the party in the interest of the cadre. As early as possible and in a day or two, a good decision will be reached", the former chief minister said after consultations with leaders supporting him. OPS further tweeted that the merger will be finalised as per the wishes of the party's cadre.

News reports said there has been "hectic political activity in Chennai". "We will carry forward on the path of MGR & Amma (Jayalalithaa)". The much-anticipated merger between the two groups was put on hold on Friday night after divisions in the faction led by OPS delayed the talks.

Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami had on Thursday announced a judicial enquiry into Jayalalithaa's death, and that the former chief minister's Poes Garden home would be turned into a museum.

Leaders like V Maithreyan, KP Munusamy, PH Pandian and Manoj Pandian insisted that VK Sasikala needs to be thrown out of the party.

K.P. Munnuswamy of the OPS faction of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIAMDK) on Saturday said that all demands must be fulfilled before any talks of a merger with the OPS faction of the party take place.

As per the latest updates on the merger talks, leaders of both the parties met today and Panneerselvam said that the merger talks were going on smoothly and a positive result is expected in a day or two.

And that Jayalalithaa's memorial at Marina Beach had been decked up with flowers.

Some reports indicated that there were "some ticklish issues that were to be addressed by both groups". Two special wreaths were also kept ready apparently to enable Palaniswami and Panneerselvam to offer their respects at the burial site.

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