TN CM Palaniswamy formed a committee for holding merger talks with Panneerselvam
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 21-Apr-2017

Chennai, April 21: Today Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswamy formed a seven-member committee for holding merger talks with the Panneerselvam faction. After an emergency meet was held by the ministers for discussing unifying with rival AIADMK factions led by TTV Dhinakaran and O Panneerselvam.The seven-member committee is headed by lawmaker R. Vaithiyalingam and includes ministers C. Sreenivasan, K.A. Sengottaiyan and D. Jayakumar among others. This came after Sasikala and her nephew Dhinakaran were ousted from All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam AIADMK.

“We demand that an affidavit be submitted by the other camp stating that Sasikala and T.T.V Dinakaran no longer hold party position to the Election Commission. If this is done, we will consider it as first victory to our faction,” former state minister and AIADMK member K. P. Munusamy said.

“Current Chief Minister Palaniswamy, who was appointed at the mercy of Sasikala, is not acting as the AIADMK Chief Minister rather he is acting as the Chief Minister of Sasikala and her family,” he said. In response, the Palaniswamy-led group asked the other faction to take back its complaint regarding party symbol.

On Wednesday late night Delhi police crime branch served notice to AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran in a case of alleged bribery to Election Commission officials for retrieving the party's 'two leaves' symbol. Dinakaran’s alleged middleman was also arrested by police for striking a deal of Rs. 50 Crore to help the AIADMK faction keep the ‘two leaves’ poll symbol.