CHENNAI/TIRUVARUR: Bringing cheer to AIADMK cadre, Chief Minister ‘Edappadi’ K Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam on Saturday said differences among the two factions were being sorted out through talks, and promised that the two would merge within a few days.
However, even as he eagerly waits for the rebel camp to settle their differences over merger negotiations, Palaniswami received a direct warning from those in ousted deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran’s camp, who said they would not hesitate to unseat the Chief Minister if he adopted a resolution to oust general secretary VK Sasikala from the party as he had done to Dhinakaran recently.
In Tiruvarur for the birth centenary celebrations of the late Chief Minister and party founder MG Ramachandran, Palaniswami on Saturday said talks were going on to iron out the differences. “Very soon, the factions will merge.” When asked about the speculations that the Panneerselvam faction had sought the post of Deputy Chief Minister, Palaniswami said, “All these details would be known during the merger.”
Meanwhile in Chennai, Panneerselvam admitted, for the first time, that talks were indeed going on for the merger of the factions. “Talks are going on smoothly. Within a day or two, a good decision will be arrived at.”
He said there were no differences of opinion within the rebel ranks, and added that all decisions would be taken in the interest of party cadre.
EPS’ cat-saint anecdote warns detractors
Narrating an anecdote, CM Palaniswami said: “There lived a saint and a cat. One day, the cat saw a dog and requested the saint to make it a dog too. The saint obliged. Later, it saw a tiger and then a lion, and the saint obliged, turning the cat into a tiger and then a lion.
It lived with arrogance until it saw ‘sarapam’, the eight-legged big animal. Again, it asked the saint to make it a ‘sarapam’ and it was done. Now, to ensure that no other animal became a ‘sarapam’ with the saint’s help, it decided to kill the saint.
But the saint realised its intention and turned it back into a cat, saying that despite turning into bigger animals, it retained its cat nature, and so, would remain a cat forever. The saint is AIADMK. You can guess who the cat is. Whoever tries to malign the AIADMK would be pushed to the same condition as the cat.”