Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

OPS camp wins AIADMK party symbol

OPS camp wins AIADMK party symbol

The Election Commission has allotted the iconic two-leaves symbol of AIADMK to unified EPS-OPS faction of the party.

"Election Commission has given judgement in our favour, we are very happy", Tamil Nadu chief minister Palaniswami said.

"The AIADMK party has been allotted the symbol "Two Leaves" as its reserved symbol in the said state and union territory under the provisions of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968 (hereinafter, "Symbols Order")", the order said.

Following the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in December previous year, a battle had broken out between the two factions for the two leaves symbol.

Later in the month, TTV Dhinarakan, accused of trying to bribe an Election Commission official in an attempt to get the two leaves symbol for his faction*, was arrested by Delhi Police. "Majority of party workers supported us", Palaniswami tweeted.

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Above: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, along with senior AIADMK leaders at a party meeting.

The EC had then frozen the AIADMK party name and its symbol after then factions had staked claim over it.

Mr. Dhinakaran sought more time to submit evidence of the claim to the party symbol, which the ECI denied.

In April, the poll panel cancelled the bypoll, after Income Tax raids uncovered evidence of massive corruption and bribery.

The Panneerselvam-Palaniswami combine said they enjoyed majority in the party's legislative and organisational wings, even when the disputed affidavits were not taken on record.

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