Sasikala-led AIADMK camp files complaint with EC; accuses OPS camp of manipulating over party symbol

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Updated: March 27, 2017 3:40:49 PM

In a recent development, the V.K Sasikala camp of the AIADMK has moved Election Commission challenging the use of party symbol by O Panneerselvam-led camp.

VK Sasikala, O Panneerselvam, Sasikala camp move EC, Election Commission, TTV Dinakaran, Fight over AIADMK party symbol, AIADMKIn a recent development, the V.K Sasikala camp of the AIADMK has moved Election Commission challenging the use of party symbol by O Panneerselvam-led camp. (Source: PTI)

In a recent development, the V.K Sasikala camp of the AIADMK has moved Election Commission challenging the use of party symbol by O Panneerselvam-led camp. As per ANI, AIADMK Deputy General Secretary T T V Dinakaran has filed a complaint with EC accusing the OPS camp of manipulating ‘electric pole’ symbol as twin leaves that will create a confusion among the people during election campaigning. The move comes after EC froze the AIADMK symbol of ‘two leaves’ and both the parties were scrambling over getting the party symbol of their own choice. Apart from the party symbol tussle, the two camps are also trying their best to add Amma (Late J Jayalalithaa) to the name of their faction.

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With about half a month left for the elections in Chennai, the AIADMK party now have two party symbols representing both OPS and Sasikala camps. Soon after the split of AIADMK, both the camps were in fight to acquire the legendary ‘two leaves’ symbol, which was later frozen by the EC. The EC then allotted ‘electric pole’ symbol to the OPS camp and ‘hat’ symbol to Sasikala camp.

Earlier, Sasikala-led AIADMK faction had filed a petition before EC seeking stake to the party’s symbol. Even the Panneerselvam-led group had last week claimed that the party symbol rightfully belonged to it as Sasikala’s election as the AIADMK general secretary was ‘invalid and illegal’. The fight over party symbol began in view of the by-elections in the R.K. Nagar assembly constituency in Chennai that is scheduled to take place on April 12. This constituency was earlier held by late former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, J. Jayalalithaa.

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