Even as members of the AIADMK (Amma), AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) and AIADMK (Sasikala) are trying to bring the factions together, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too has asked for a reconciliation between them.

Ahead of the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam memorial inauguration in Rameswaram on July 27, Modi met former Tamil Nadu Chief minister O Panneerselvam on Monday, July 24 and his close aides to discuss the political situation of the state.

Panneerselvam reached New Delhi on Sunday, July 23, allegedly to ask for Tamil Nadu’s exemption from NEET. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami reached New Delhi on Monday, July 24, and is expected to meet Mr Modi on Tuesday, July 25, after Ram Nath Kovind swears in as President of India.

Although a statement from OPS camp said that he discussed the NEET and Neduvasal hydrocarbon project, many believe that the meeting was about the political situation in the state. This was confirmed when V Maitreyan, an OPS aide, said that the ‘Mahabharata’ in the party would come to an end in August and the New Delhi trip by Panneerselvam would lay the foundation for the ‘victory of the Pandavas (OPS team).’

However, even after a merger, the chief minister’s post will still be a bone of contention between the two factions. 

Deccan Chronicle quoted a senior member of Palaniswami camp saying, “While the OPS team still claims that they should be given the chief minister’s post since they enjoy maximum support, they should also remember the fact that they are losing the ground. CM is not ready to give up his position and OPS can be his deputy which would ensure his standing in the party and the government.” 

Sources in the BJP said efforts were on to unify the AIADMK since they feel that it will bring stability to the political situation in the state and also keep BJP’s opposition from taking advantage.