CHENNAI: The uncertain status quo in the ruling AIADMK continued for yet another day, as the leaders of the two AIADMK factions continue to speak — among themselves and to the media, but not amongst one another.
There were expectations of a breakthrough — or at least a formal and definite break up — when the rebel camp informed that their leader, former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, would address an important press conference around noon. This was postponed to afternoon, indicating hectic activity that only helped to increase the suspense quotient.
However, at the end of the day, all that remained was statements to the media, mostly reiterating what has already been asked and said — conducive atmosphere, doors being open and questions about general secretary VK Sasikala’s family’s influence over the party and government affairs.
Talks cannot begin unless the conditions on formally side-lining the family and recommending CBI probe into the late former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, were agreed to, stressed rebel camp member V Maitreyan.