Sasikala faction's hat symbol a reference to MGR: M Thambidurai

New Delhi: The 'hat' symbol alloted to the Sasikala faction of the AIADMK will help attract voters as they could associate it with party founder MG Ramachandran who was known to sport the accessory, Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai said on Thursday.

Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambidurai. PTI

Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambidurai. PTI

"The symbol clearly indicates MGR, the founder of AIADMK, who used to wear such hats. So, our candidate TTV Dinakaran will succeed in the R K Nagar bypoll with thumping majority," said Thambidurai.

The Sasikala faction will contest the 12 April by-election as AIADMK (Amma) with the new symbol. He said the allocation of the new symbol and name was just a "temporary" arrangement and asserted that there was no split in the party.

"There is no split in AIADMK. It is VK Sasikala who is heading the party," he said. "We would have approached court questioning the Election Commission's verdict (of freezing the two leaves symbol), but as of now we are keen on contesting the election. So, the symbol and name allocation will just be a temporary arrangement," he said.

Thambidurai said arrangements are being made to get back the symbol and party name by next month," he said.

Updated Date: Mar 23, 2017 16:01 PM

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