Neither Sasikala nor Panneerselvam can claim AIADMK symbol: Election Commission
AIADMK deputy general secretary Dinakaran has claimed that the 'two leaves' symbol belongs to his faction. Photograph: (AFP)
India's Election Commission ruled Tuesday that neither the Sasikala-led AIADMK nor her rival O Panneerselvam's camp can stake claim to the AIADMK's two-leaves symbol.
Neither of the two groups shall be permitted to use the symbol ‘Two Leaves’ of AIADMK: Election Commission pic.twitter.com/7jHdcztbP1— ANI (@ANI_news) March 22, 2017
The poll body said both groups would be allotted a symbol of their choice from the list of free symbols available for the by-election which will be held in a constituency in Tamil Nadu capital Chennai.
Both groups shall also be allotted such different symbols as they may choose from list of free symbols for current bye-poll in RK Nagar:EC— ANI (@ANI_news) March 22, 2017
On Tuesday, the Sasikala faction had filed a petition before the Election Commission staking claim to the party's two-leaves symbol.
Party Deputy General Secretary T T V Dinakaran had claimed that the 'two leaves' symbol belongs to his faction and that he would file the nomination for the R K Nagar constituency on March 23.
Dinakaran said he would contest the Election Commission order and said he was confident the AIADMK would get the symbol back.
We will now take up the issue and I am confident that we will get the symbol back: TTV Dinakaran( Sasikala faction) on AIADMK symbol pic.twitter.com/wLaYiO9gP5— ANI (@ANI_news) March 22, 2017
The fight over party symbol started over the byelection to the R K Nagar assembly constituency in Chennai on April 12. The Assembly constituency was held by deceased former chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
Filing of nominations for the byelection began on March 16. Scrutiny of nominations would take place on March 24.
(WION with inputs from ANI)