The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear Sasikala's review plea against her conviction in the disproportionate assets case.
A reunification of the party, however, also means that Jayalilathaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar, will not have a role to play as Sasikala and her nephew TTA Dinakaran will be effectively out of AIADMK. Meanwhile, sidelined AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran held deliberations with supporters at his residence here. Moreover, TTV Dinakaran is still existing as a threat with 17 MLAs.
Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has cancelled all appointments in Maharashtra - of which he is also governor - and will arrive in Chennai today afternoon, further fuelling speculations of a merger.
From re-entry of V Sasikala to Election Commission seizing the election twin leaves symbol of AIADMK, the merger has seen several twists and turns in the past 8 months.
Earlier, both Palanisami and Pannerselvam had reached the party headquarters, a place Pannerselvam was visiting after a hiatus seven months and he was warmly welcomed by party workers. The outcome of such a climbdown by OPS would open up the way for merger between the two major factions of the party, leaving only the Sasikala faction in the cold.
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Sources said the two factions could announce the merger after the AIADMK meeting. The OPS faction is insisting on formal ouster of jailed AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala and also bargaining hard for important portfolios with the EPS faction.
Reciting late AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, he said, "Amma (Jayalalithaa) had said that after me AIADMK will last over 100 years".
Paneerselvam was welcomed by Walajabad B Ganesan, a senior functionary of Amma camp which was led by Palaniswami, with a shawl. Palaniswami cabinet revolts against Dhinakaran and decides to keep him and his family out of the party and government.
Party sources said Sunday that the merger would be formalised on August 21, considered auspicious on account of "Amavasya".
The OPS faction has 10 MLAs in the 234-member assembly (reduced to 233 after the death of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa). It may be recalled that after the demise of the AIADMK founder M.G. Ramachandran in December 1987, the party split into two factions, one headed by Jayalalithaa and another by Janaki Ramachandran.