EC's decision on AIADMK symbol: Will get it back, says Dinakaran

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Mar. 23 (ANI): Soon after the Election Commission of India (ECI) decided to freeze the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) election symbol, party deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran asserted the decision would not affect them in the upcoming R.K. Nagar by-polls. "We will now take up the issue and I am confident that we will get the symbol back," Dinakaran told media here. Dinakaran, who belongs to former party general secretary V.K. Sasikala's faction, further said there would be no impact of it in the upcoming crucial by-polls in R.K. Nagar. The poll panel decided to freeze the AIADMK election symbol of 'two leaves', after representatives of former Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam and Sasikala factions made their claims for it. "Neither of the two groups shall be permitted to use the symbol 'Two Leaves' of the AIADMK," the Election Commission stated. The poll panel also asked both the factions to choose a new symbol to contest the current by-polls in R.K. Nagar. The Election Commission also allowed both factions a further and final opportunity of adducing documents and affidavits latest by April 17. Earlier on Tuesday, Sasikala-led AIADMK faction filed a petition before the commission staking claim to the party's symbol. 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 tussle over party symbol began in view of the by-elections to the R.K. Nagar assembly constituency in Chennai on April 12. The constituency was held by late former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa. (ANI)