AIADMK factions inch closer to a patch-up

Minister denies Sasikala has resigned

Updated - April 18, 2017 12:55 am IST

Published - April 18, 2017 12:53 am IST - CHENNAI

Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar arriving for the meeting in Chennai on Monday.

Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar arriving for the meeting in Chennai on Monday.

The ruling AIADMK (Amma) late on Monday prepared the ground for a possible truce with the rival AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) with a consultative meeting of Ministers held at the house of Electricity Minister P. Thangamani here, “welcoming” former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam’s (OPS) statement he was prepared for a rapprochement “if approached”.

Briefing journalists after over an hour-long meeting of Ministers, Finance Minister D. Jayakumar said, “We discussed only two things. One, the party has to be united. Two, about an affidavit to be filed before the Election Commission to retrieve the ‘Two Leaves’ symbol. ”

Asked about speculation that Sasikala had resigned as party general secretary, Law Minister C.Ve. Shanmugam interjected and said, “(it is a) blatant lie”.

Mr. Jayakumar, however, said he did not have any information about her resignation.

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