AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ symbol belongs to us: Sasikala’s nephew Dinakaran

Chennai: AIADMK Deputy Fundamental Secretary T T V Dinakaran on Sunday claimed that the 'two leaves' picture belongs to his faction and that he would file the nomination for the R Okay Nagar constituency on March 23.

"The 'two leaves' picture belongs to the AIADMK led by Amma (the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa) and (social gathering founder) Puratchi Thalaivar M G Ramachandran.

"I will file my nomination on March 23 under this symbol (to contest the bypoll to the R K Nagar constituency)," he instructed reporters in Chennai.

Dinakaran's response comes at a time when the rival O Panneerselvam camp last week submitted a petition to the Election Charge, requesting it to allot the 'two leaves' picture to them for the bypoll.

Requested how assured he was of worthwhile the elections at a time when some AIADMK cadres had shifted their loyalties to the (former Chief Minister) Pannerselvam camp, he acknowledged, "Only 10 members had left the party…. 90 per cent of AIADMK supporters are with me."

The April 12 bypoll to R Okay Nagar constituency was necessitated following the lack of lifetime of AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016.

The Panneerselvam camp had launched social gathering veteran E Madhusudhanan as its candidate for the bypoll.

AIADMK Fundamental Secretary V Okay Sasikala had on February 15 reinducted Dinkaran, her nephew and one different relative S Venkatesh, into the social gathering, 5 years after their expulsion by Jayalalithaa.

She had launched that Dinakaran, a former Rajya Sabha member, was being appointed as AIADMK Deputy Fundamental Secretary.

Dinakaran and Venkatesh, aside from Sasikala and her husband M Natarajan, had been expelled from the AIADMK in 2011 by Jayalalithaa amidst tales then that they interfered in social gathering and authorities administration.

Though she withdrew the "disciplinary action" in opposition to her shut aide after Sasikala expressed regret, Jayalalithaa had however acknowledged that the expulsion of the rest would proceed.

Sasikala, co-accused Elvarasi and one different nephew V N Sudhakaran are serving their phrases on the central jail near Bengaluru in a disproportionate belongings case.