New Delhi: AIDMKs two most rival factions came closer to the merger on Friday after Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palanswami addressed a meeting with senior ministers trying to resolve the month-long political drama to come to an end.
E Palniswami formed a seven-member committee to take a final call on demands made by his rival faction leader chief minister O Panneerselvam that include the o0uster of party chief VK Sasikakla and her nephew TTV Dinakaran.
He was joined by his cabinet colleagues D Jayakumar, C Ve Shanmugham, S P Velumani, Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam, at the party headquarters in Chennai.
A day after Panneerselvam called for Sasikala, Dinakaran along with 30 other members of the party to be pushed out of the party. The camp has also demanded a CBI probe into the matter of former chief minister J Jailalithaa's death.
Channel's indicated that the merger talks were inching towards a compromise that would likely include the removal or resignation of Sasikala and her controversial family that is accused of collecting crores through illegal businesses. The merger is likely to see the election commission restore the "two leaves" symbol to the party.
The party ran into a split during the RK Nagar assembly bypoll that was scrapped following widespread money laundering and bribery charges. The turmoil in the state was seen when last December when former CM J Jayalalithaa died.
A month later after J Jayalaithaa's death, O Panneerselvam rebelled against Sasikala, a long-term aid of Jayalalithaa who was looking to be the next CM.