AIADMK merger: State Cooperation Minister Sellur K Raju said talks for unity continue

Chennai: A Tamil Nadu minister on Thursday described his party as one "without father and mother," and said people's aspirations for unity in the now divided AIADMK was being reflected among the leaders in both camps. Cooperation Minister Sellur K Raju said 'works' for holding the keenly anticipated merger talks between the two factions, led by Chief Minister K Palaniswamy and his predecessor O Panneerselvam, respectively, were on.

Supporters of All India Anna Dravida Munetra Khazhgam (AIADMK) attend an election campaign rally addressed by J. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of India's Tamil Nadu state and chief of AIADMK, in the southern Indian city of Chennai April 19, 2014. Around 815 million people have registered to vote in the world's biggest election - a number exceeding the population of Europe and a world record - and results of the mammoth exercise, which concludes on May 12, are due on May 16. REUTERS/Babu (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

AIADMK supporters. Reuters

"AIADMK is a movement without father and mother. Our Amma (mother-Jayalalithaa) is no more," he said. "People and supporters want the party, which Amma built through her hard work, to be united.

This aspiration is reflected among the leaders of both factions," he told reporters. The senior leader exuded confidence that the AIADMK government will not only complete its term of five years but also retain power in the 2021 Assembly polls.

Asked whether the faction will follow suit on removing posters of AIADMK chief VK Sasikala from the party's district offices also, Raju said a panel has been formed to go into the matter. Banners featuring Sasikala had been pulled down from the AIADMK headquarters on Wednesday, a demand made by the rival Panneerselvam faction on Tuesday.

However, the AIADMK (Amma) faction said the banners were pulled in lines with a decision taken earlier and that it had nothing to do with Panneerselvam camp leader E Madusudanan's demand in this regard.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister D Jayakumar said the Amma faction was ready for the merger talks with the Panneerselvam camp. "As mentioned earlier, the doors are open .. if they come for talks we are ready (to hold discussions)", he said.

Updated Date: Apr 27, 2017 14:13 PM

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