"We are brothers from the same family"

April 18, 2017, Chennai

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Chennai, April 18: Rancour, factionalism and ruckus are our, as the All Anna India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Minister for Cooperation Sellur K. Raju on Tuesday confirmed the process of merger between the two factions of the ruling party.

"We are are brothers from the same family.

A team is formed by us consisting of senior ministers for the process of merger of two factions. Yesterday Panneerselvam had come forward for the merger of two factions and we welcome it. Our wish is to unite and go ahead," Raju said.

He further said it is the time for everyone to forget the past and work for the future.

"After Jayalalitha's demise, there was some ruckus and factions happened. We are sad on that and even some hate speeches have rolled out. But, it's now time for all to forget the past and work for the future," he said.

He added that earlier also the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) tried to separate the AIADMK but that will never happen.

"We will be united. Our priority is to get our two leaves symbol united from the Election Commission (EC)," he said.

Raju asserted that the positions and leaderships in the party and government will be decided after the merger only.

Meanwhile in today's pressmeet O.Panneerselvam demands inquiry commission set up to probe the circumstances of Jayalalithaa’s death. He also demanded Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran to leave the party.