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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)

WION New Delhi, Bhavbhuti Marg, Ajmeri Gate, Delhi, India Mar 22, 2017, 05.08 AM (IST)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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