Tahlka News Bureau
CHENNAI: The removal of jailed VK Sasikala's posters at the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) headquarters in Chennai has bought both the raival party's closer for a merger.
Party workers pulled down the posters and cutouts of party general secretary VK Sasikala on Wednesday and replaced them with cutouts of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
The move came hours after the arrest of her nephews and the factions deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran, indicating the shape of things to come in the disputed ruiling faction in Tamil Nadu.
O Panneerselvam camp (OPS camp) leader KP Munusamy on Wednesday welcomed the development and said that they will talk for the merger. "Removal of Sasikala's posters from the AIADMK headquarters is a happy and welcoming step by the EPS camp," said KP Munusamy.
He said, "If it goes in the same way, we will talk for merger. We are all brothers from same family."
The Panneerselvam camp has struck to its demands of the removal of Sasikala, Dinakaran and other family members from the AIADMK and a CBI probe into the death of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa as per-conditions for the talks.
"This is definitely a positive step. We are happy the cadres have decided to remove the banners," media coordinator of the Panneerselvam -led camp 'Aspire' K Swaminathan said.
Dinakaran was arrest on Tuesday night by the Delhi police over allegations that he paid bribe to a middleman to get the disputed two-leaves party symbol for his faction.
"Now that Dinakaran has been arrested and his aunt Sasikala is serving a sentence, slowly the EPS camp is realising the altered ground situation and might be more eager to commence merger," a senior leader from the Pannerselvam camp said.
Sources in both camps indicated that there were chances of formal merger talks to start sometime in the afternoon.
However there are no official confirmation as yet.