The merger of the EPS and the OPS factions has been the talk of the political fraternity for a long time now. The two AIADMK factions have been dilly-dallying on making their stand clear, paving the way for speculations.
But recently in taking the first step of removing Dinakaran from the post of the deputy general secretary of AIADMK, the EPS faction showed that it was moving in that direction.
The Panneerselvam faction's demands were to oust Sasikala and Dinakaran from the party and to order for a CBI investigation into the death of Jayalalithaa.
In what looks like good news for the OPS faction, the Election Commission of India has replied to the queries made by the OPS faction. In its reply, the poll panel stated that it had only registered Sasikala's nomination as the general secretary, but the acceptance of the nomination had not been received by it.
Recently, TTV Dinakaran, after receiving news of his removal, had called Palaniswami a cheat and had said that only general secretary Sasikala could remove him from his post. Dinakaran had said that until that happened, he would continue as the deputy general secretary.
Now with the reply from the Election Commission, Dinakaran's chances of continuing on that post have suffered a setback.
While there is uncertainty on whether there will be a merger of the EPS and OPS factions, it is absolutely clear that the political future of both Sasikala and Dinakaran is very bleak.