Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Ruling AIADMK gets party symbol from EC: TN CM

EPS-OPS Faction Wins Back AIADMK Two Leaves Symbol AIADMK two leaves symbol row: TN CM Palaniswami claims EC has allotted symbol to EPS-OPS faction
Sammy Stanley | 23 November, 2017, 12:19

The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday made a decision to allot the "two leaves" symbol of the AIADMK faction led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, an AIADMK leader said.

"We are happy with the EC decision".

At an earlier hearing, the EPS-OPS faction had told the poll panel the symbol can not be allotted to the Dhinakaran faction since they have been ousted from the party.

Palanisamy, while informing of the development, rebuffed the allegation of securing the symbol due to proximity with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"We had facts on our side and the majority of MLAs, MPs and party workers were with us". The ruling faction, led by Palaniswami, started sidelining the AIADMK faction led by Sasikala and her nephew T T V Dinakaran.

Earlier this month, both the warring factions of the All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) had submitted to the Election Commission their final arguments in writing laying their claim to the party's symbol.

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Above: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, along with senior AIADMK leaders at a party meeting.

Later, Panneerselvam and Palaniswami merged their factions and annulled Sasikala's appointment as the party's General Secretary.

The two factions of the AIADMK, EPS-OPS' and TTV Dinakaran's, had filed a written submission in the Election Commission in "two leaves" symbol case, on November 13.

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

The Panneerselvam-Palaniswami combine said they enjoyed majority in the party's legislative and organisational wings, even when the disputed affidavits were not taken on record.

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