Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which further fuelled the speculations about the merger between the warring factions of AIADMK. However, Palaniswami said that his meeting with the Prime Minister was for a different reason. He said that it was to request the Prime Minister that Tamil Nadu should be excluded from the all-India medical college entrance test, NEET. However, as it’s common in politics, there’s always more than meets the eye. Former chief minister O Panneerselvam was also in Delhi to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu.
It may be recalled that the speculations about the merger of AIADMK factions arose when TTV Dinakaran was removed from party post. The decision to remove Dinakaran was taken by Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palanisami. In his statement, Palanisami said that Dinakaran’s appointment was unacceptable, improper and invalid. It may be recalled that Dinakaran is nephew of VK Sasikala, who had taken over the controls of the party after the death of Jayalalithaa. However, she was convicted in a money laundering case and sent to jail, post which the AIADMK was split into two factions. Sources said that the merger can occur as early as August 15. The merger will be a big relief for AIADMK supporters, as they were really hurt after the party was split.
The merger will also end several months of political drama. Since the death of Jayalalithaa, there have been two chief ministers and several other rebellions in the state. The merger has become crucial since a split AIADMK will not be able to take on DMK. The merger will help the party consolidate its position and achieve success in the forthcoming local body polls. The merger will also help the party to get back its two leaves symbol. Currently, the symbol has been frozen, since both the factions are staking their claim for it.