DMK says merger of 'power-monger' OPS, Sasikala factions will not last

| Updated: Apr 18, 2017 12:12 IST

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Apr 18 (ANI): With two factions of the All Anna India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), one led by O. Pannerselvam and the other by V.K. Sasikala, coming together, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) on Tuesday said such unification would not last long as both groups were coming together to retain their power in the state. "The faction may not last because both are power-mongers. If at all they are uniting, even that is also for power," DMK leader TKS Elangovan told ANI. The DMK leader's remarks came after state Finance Minister D. Jayakumar hinted at the possibility of a merger between the two groups. "We discussed about keeping the party united. O. Panneerselvam gave an opinion which we welcome. We discussed about how we can take the party forward in a united way," Jayakumar said. "Having welcomed his opinion, we will further hold discussions and deliberate about the merger," he added. Jayakumar said all 123 AIADMK lawmakers and party cadres were on the same page and discussed about the possibilities of retaining the 'Two Leaves' symbol, which had been frozen by the Election Commission. This development came after the Delhi Police booked Dhinakaran on charges of bribing the Election Commission officials to claim the 'Two Leaves' symbol. The Crime Branch recovered approximately Rs. 1.3 crore from alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. Dhinakaran, who is considered to be a close Sasikala aide, later said that he was ready to legally face any summons from the Delhi Police. When asked if Sasikala would quit from the party in case the merger took place, Jayakumar said, "We have no information regarding this." (ANI)

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