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Tamil Nadu ministers discuss patch-up with Panneerselvam faction

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Chennai, April 18: In a late night meeting on Monday, senior Tamil Nadu ministers discussed the issue of having talks with rival faction led by former Chief Minister O.Pannneerselvam, said Finance Minister D.Jayakumar.

Briefing media about the meeting, Jayakumar welcomed Panneerselvam’s remark that he is open for talks if somebody comes with the plan to merge the two factions in AIADMK.

He claimed that Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai also agreed to Panneerselvam’s remark and the stand of the ministers is also the same.

The ministers belong to the faction led by AIADMK General Secretary V.K.Sasikala.

After speculations emerging that he was going to be made “general secretary” in the event of a merger, Panneerselvam said no one had approached him so far.

“If approached, we are ready to talk and I have confidence that they (leaders) will come (for talks),” he told reporters at the airport here.

He made the statement in the wake of revolt by a section of ministers and MLAs against the leadership of T T sV Dhinakaran from holding the post, against the backdrop of recent I-T raids in health minister C Vijaya Bhaskar’s residence, and seizure of documents implicating the names of CM and ministers.

 Wefornews Bureau

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