In a significant move, the banners with images of AIADMK (Amma) faction general secretary VK Sasikala being removed from party headquarters on Wednesday.
The development comes close on the heels of conditions laid down by the rebels.
"This is definitely a positive step," 'Aspire' K Swaminathan, Media coordinator of the Panneerselvam led AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) said. He also said the move came in "continuance" to Madusudanan's appeal and said, "We are happy the cadres have decided to remove the banners."
The presiding chairman of the OPS faction, E Madhusudanan on Tuesday said the banners should be immediately removed to "uphold the sanctity" of the headquarters. The faction stuck to its guns demanding expulsion of Sasikala family from the party, a pre-condition for merger talks.
The move also comes in the wake of Delhi Crime Branch arresting Sasikala's nephew and AIADMK (Amma) faction deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran on Tuesday night after questioning him for three days in EC bribery case.