What transpired during the Modi-OPS meet: Details here
The meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam was expected to unify the AIADMK. While the two leaders met in New Delhi on Monday, there was no major breakthrough with OPS putting forth some conditions for a merger.
While on record OPS has placed two demands, behind the scenes he has sought for more. His on record demands are- a probe into Jayalalithaa's death and the expulsion of the Sasikala family from the party.
However during the meeting with the PM, OPS said that he has three demands. If the E Palanisami faction accepts the three demands, then the merger could become a possibility.
OPS sought for the CM's post and if this could not be granted then he wanted to be made the general secretary of a unified AIADMK. The third demand was to share the post of CM on a rotational basis.
The problem for both factions would however be T T V Dinakaran. The factions will have to get him on board in case a merger were to take place, observers feel. Both OPS and EPS are however opposed to this idea. It may be recalled that EPS faction had recently passed a resolution nullifying the appointment of TTV as the deputy general secretary.
BJP insiders tell OneIndia that the party is keen on working out a truce. However the BJP too wants Sasikala and family out of the picture. The negotiations are tricky and need to be handled carefully, the BJP source said. However we are confident of a positive outcome which will be acceptable to all parties, he also said.