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.


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.


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.



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)