Chennai, April 18: On Monday night, an emergency meet was held by the ministers who discussed coming together of rival AIADMK factions led by TTV Dhinakaran and O Panneerselvam. The development came after the Delhi Police booked AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dhinakaran for allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official in a failed bid to obtain the coveted "two-leaves" party symbol for his faction.“We welcome Panneerselvam’s statement favoring merger of two factions. After the consulting along with CM at the secretariat, we had a discussion on unitedly getting back party’s two leaves symbol," said senior minister SP Velumani. Velumani also said that they will function as per the wish of the party cadres. "Those who went out also part of our family. We will come together and work unitedly,” he added.
When asked the need for holding a meeting in the absence of Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran, Law minister C.V. Shanmugham said final decision would be taken after his arrival from Bengaluru on Tuesday. Finance minister D Jayakumar said that all the 123 MLAs and ministers are united in welcoming the OPS statement. "We discussed the modalities of strengthening the unity of the party," he said.
The Election Commission had frozen the ‘two-leaves’ symbol after both Panneerselvam and Sasikala-Dhinakaran factions staked claim to it ahead of the now countermanded April 12 by-election to RK Nagar assembly constituency.