Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami's camp has lost interest in the merger of the warring AIADMK factions and feels it doesn't need his predecessor and head of the rival camp, O Panneerselvam, since the government already has the numbers it needs.
Sources in the EPS camp have told India Today TV that Team OPS has been given enough time for the merger, but it does not seem to be interested. The EPS camp also feels the government is functioning well and has the numbers in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
"We have the numbers and the strength. There is nothing to worry about. We are going ahead with government work," a top-placed source in the EPS camp told India Today TV.
After the death of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa last year, the AIADMK split into two factions - one led by party General Secretary V.K. Sasikala now in jail for corruption and the other by Panneerselvam.
The Panneerselvam camp wants Sasikala, AIADMK Deputy General Secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran and their family members ousted from the party and a CBI probe into Jayalalithaa's death before the merger talks begin.
The Sasikala faction has said there was a petition in the Election Commission challenging her election as the General Secretary. And it was for the poll panel to decide. The Election Commission, meanwhile, has frozen the party's "two leaves" symbol.
In Tamil Nadu, no one seems to know when the merger talks between the two factions will start.
"The merger talk is like a Tamil movie song... It will happen some may say but won't happen. It won't happen some will say but will happen," a leader in former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam's faction said. "The talks will surely happen. But it may take some time. The talks may not happen soon," he added.