Blow to AIADMK: ‘Two leaves’ symbol frozen by Election Commission

Chennai: Dealing a physique blow to the ruling AIADMK, the Election Charge on Wednesday evening time briefly froze the ‘Two Leaves’ picture, stopping every the VK Sasikala and O.Panneerselvam factions from using the title of the get collectively throughout the by-election to the Dr R Okay Nagar constituency slated for April 12. The EC’s order is a vital setback to the Sasikala faction since freezing of the picture by the poll physique has given legitimacy to the Panneerselvam faction, which has been claiming they’re the “original” AIADMK given that latter’s appointment as AIADMK Primary Secretary was not reliable.

That’s the second time throughout the historic previous of AIADMK that the ‘Two Leaves’ picture is being frozen. The picture was frozen in 1988 after VN Janaki and J. Jayalalithaa factions staked declare to the picture and the get collectively, nonetheless was allotted to the AIADMK after the get collectively united beneath late Jayalalithaa. After a marathon listening to on Wednesday all through which excessive attorneys put up their circumstances sooner than the entire bench of the Election Charge headed by Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, a 9-page order from the poll physique talked about they did not have time to endure “voluminous petitions” and responses from both aspect working into 20,000 pages.

“Neither of the two groups led by petitioners (E. Madhusudhanan, O. Panneerselvam and S Semmalai) and the respondents (V.K. Sasikala and T.T.V. Dhinakaran) shall be permitted to use the name of the party ‘All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’, simplicitor,” the EC order talked about. “Neither of the aforesaid two groups shall also be permitted to use the symbol “Two Leaves” reserved for AIADMK,” the order further talked about.

EC to take heed to case after bypoll:
Whereas freezing the Two Leaves picture, the Election Charge on Wednesday talked about it would preserve further hearings to resolve on the important state of affairs and requested every factions to submit paperwork to further strengthen their claims by April 17. As a result of it made it clear that the order issued on Wednesday was of momentary in nature, the EC talked about every groups are “allowed a further and final opportunity” of adducing all such paperwork and affidavits on which they counsel to rely on their respective claims, latest by April 17.

“They may also take notice that the matter will be further heard by the Commission on a date to be intimated later,” the EC talked about. The EC will conduct further hearings after the by-elections to D r R Okay Nagar are over on April 12 and votes counted on April 15.