AIADMK merger on the cards, but wait there is a catch

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Given the recent turn of events, the status quo for both factions of the AIADMK seem to have changed. The warring factions are dropping subtle hints of reconciliation and Lok Sabha deputy speaker Thambidurai's statements on Monday added to the speculation. The senior leader of the Sasikala Natarajan faction said that there was no split in the party.

Deputy Speaker Thambidurai

"There has been difference of opinion among certain people in the party. There is no split or anything. We are all united," said Thambidurai speaking to the media hours after Dinakaran left from Chennai to meet his aunt Sasikala who is lodged in the Bengaluru central prison. When asked specifically if a merger with the AIADMK Puratchi Talaivi Amma is on the cards, Thambidurai did not den y the possibilities. "If Panneerselvam says that he is open to a merger then it is a good decision. We welcome it," he said.

His statements came after Panneerselvam said that if the party got rid of Sasikala Natarajan and TTV Dinakaran from the posts that they currently hold, a merger could be possible. Panneerselvam reacting to the news of a FIR being filed against TTV Dinakaran in a bribery case said that if the family is ousted, the party can be a united entity.

With rebellion brewing in the Dinakaran camp and senior leaders of the AIADMK Amma camp meeting Panneerselvam's aides frequently, a merger is most likely on the cards but with the rider that both Sasikala and Dinakaran are shown the door.

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