The AIADMK painted a pretty picture with O Panneerselvam and E Palanisami smiling with each other and behaving like long lost brothers. Although both leaders met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi under the NEET 2017 pretext, merger talks were always top on the agenda.
E Palanisami will head the Tamil Nadu government while O Panneerselvam will run the AIADMK. As the two factions grew closer towards a merger and with OPS indicating that it may happen by Monday, differences have been gradually ironed out.
The AIADMK merger hit a last minute roadblock on Friday night. The run up from 4 pm onwards appeared to suggest that the EPS-OPS factions would come together, but that did not happen.
Why has the AIADMK merger been delayed. On Friday it was expected that the merger would take place, but it was delayed yet again. While the stage looked set for the E Palanisami and O Panneerselvam factions to come together, differences still remain on both sides.