A week after talks of a merger began between the O Panneerselvam (OPS) and Edapadi Palaniswami (EPS) camps, now it seems it has gone to the cold storage.
The OPS camp today claimed that the EPS camp was making contradictory statements and there will be no merger talks till team EPS explained their game plan.
"We want to reiterate that the we have two demands - a CBI inquiry into Jayalalithaa's death and the ouster of Sasikala and her family from the party. Till the EPS faction assures us that these demands will be met, no talks will take place," MP Maithreyan, who is a staunch supporter of OPS.
The EPS camp has been told categorically by team OPS that there will be no question of joining hands unless they agree on the two demands.
Former AIADMK minister KP Munuswamy, who is also heading the committee for the merger talks with Edappadi said, "everyday a different leader from their faction is making contradictory statements. There can be no talks till they end the confusion and have some clarity. There are clearly some leaders in the EPS camp who are trying to push their own political agenda."
CAMP EPS HITS OUT
Minutes after this stinging presser from the OPS camp, team EPS hit out saying that there can be no promises till they sit and discuss the terms and conditions. However, senior leader Manoj Pandian has dismissed any chance of a meet taking place.
"We don't have a word to discuss till they agree to the two demands which we have been reiterating from day 1. If they don't want to meet these demands, there will be no merger," said Pandian.
The EPS camp, however, has raised a valid point - the matter of a CBI inquiry into Jayalalithaa's death is now a judicial matter and hence the government cannot act on the same. But an obstinate OPS camp has said, "where there's a will, there's a way."
The new war of words between the two factions, indicate, that the long-drawn political ego clash will not die anytime soon.