Politics

EC Grants Ruling AIADMK Faction ‘Two Leaves’ Symbol, Says Tamil Nadu CM

File photo of AIADMK supporters. Credit: PTI

File photo of AIADMK supporters. Credit: PTI

Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister E. Palaniswami today said the Election Commission (EC) has allotted the ‘two leaves’ symbol to the unified AIADMK led by him and his deputy O. Panneerselvam.

However, the EC is yet to make an official announcement in this regard.

Palaniswami described the development as a “welcome step” and the happiest day for the party. The AIADMK workers broke into celebration by bursting crackers and distributing sweets in front of the party headquarters here.

The development is a setback to the deposed party leader V.K. Sasikala, who is currently serving her term in a Bengaluru jail in a disproportionate assets case, besides her nephew and sidelined deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran.

Palaniswami told reporters here that their faction had provided all the necessary documents and affidavits to prove that it had the rights to the symbol, given its majority strength in various party fora.

The issue has been lingering since April in the aftermath of the announcement of by-polls to the R.K. Nagar assembly constituency here.

However, the April 12 by-election was cancelled days ahead on allegations of the use of money power and malpractices.

The EC had then frozen the AIADMK party name and its symbol after the different factions had staked claim over it.

Panneerselvam, who first revolted against Sasikala, later merged his faction with the one led by Palaniswami after the latter rebelled against her.