Chennai: The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday will decide which faction of the AIADMK is the lawful claimant to the party’s poll symbol – Two Leaves – a ruling that could potentially have far-reaching impact on both O. Panneerselvam and Sasikala Natarajan in Tamil Nadu politics.
Sources said, both OPS and Sasikala camp leaders will meet EC today and the poll body is likely to declare that who will retain the party symbol – ‘two leaves’.
The fight over party symbol has picked up in view of byelection to the R K Nagar assembly constituency in Chennai on April 12. The assembly constituency was held by former chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The byelection has been necessitated by her death.
On Tuesday, Sasikala-led AIADMK filed a petition before the commission staking claim to the party’s two-leaves symbol. Party Deputy General Secretary T T V Dinakaran has claimed that the ‘two leaves’ symbol belongs to his faction and that he would file the nomination for the R K Nagar constituency on March 23.
Filing of nominations for the by election began on March 16. Scrutiny of nominations would take place on March 24 when the symbol will be a key issue. The by election results will be declared on April 17.