AIADMK party symbol: EC to decide whether Panneerselvam or Sasikala will retain the 'two leaves'

After the January tussle between former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and the embattled leader of the Samajwadi Party Mulayam Singh Yadav over the party symbol, the Election Commission once again finds itself in a vaguely similar situation. The poll panel will announce its verdict on which faction of the AIADMK, O Panneerselvam or Sasikala, will retain the 'two leaves' in an ongoing tug of war for AIADMK party symbol.

According to India Today, the poll panel may choose to freeze the symbol instead of authorising either camp to use it.

The Panneerselvam camp on 17 March had submitted a petition to the Election Commission requesting the allotment of the 'two leaves' to the faction for the upcoming RK Nagar by poll.

Sasikala and O Panneerselvam. PTI

Sasikala and O Panneerselvam. PTI

The move had come just a day after a delegation of V K Sasikala camp led by party leader and Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thambidurai submitted a memorandum to the EC requesting "not to entertain" the dissenting cadres, who have staked claim to the AIADMK symbol.

According to a source in OPS camp, the EC had sought supporting documents before 20 March.

The OPS camp had on 16 March announced its candidate E Madhusudhanan, a veteran leader and AIADMK loyalist, for the upcoming by poll in R K Nagar, which was represented by J Jayalalithaa.

The AIADMK faction led by former chief minister O Panneerselvam on 15 March met Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi to stake claim to the party symbol of 'two leaves' for the by-election.

Panneerselvam after the meeting had said "Amma had always been against the family rule. However, the Sasikala group has again established family rule by nominating (her nephew) Dinakaran."

The RK Nagar seat fell vacant after J Jayalalithaa's death on 5 December last year.

AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala nominated the party's deputy general secretary and her nephew TTV Dinakaran as the party candidate for the 12 April by-election. Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar is also in the fray.

Panneerselvam had said Sasikala's appointment as AIADMK general secretary was invalid since she was not elected as per the party constitution.

Updated Date: Mar 22, 2017 17:34 PM

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