EC gives AIADMK factions more time to prove their claims


Chennai, April 21: In a bid to reach a truce between both factions of Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK warring over the two leaf symbol, the Election Commission has decided to give time, till June 16, to submit documents to both the parties.

The poll panel has said as both the parties – E.Madhusudanan and two others, respondents V.K.Sasikala and another) had asked for additional time for filing documents and affidavits, it had considered the requests and given them till middle of June to do so.

The poll watchdog have also sealed the party name AIADMK and the symbol of the ‘two leaves’ and none can use it till the decision is reached.

The AIADMK split into two after the death of former Chief Minister and party General Secretary J.Jayalalithaa. One faction is led by now jailed Sasikala and the other by former Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam.

Prior to the bye-election in the R.K.Nagar assembly constituency, the Election Commission froze the party name and the symbol.

It permitted Panneerselvam group to be called as AIADMK-Puratchi Thalaivi Amma and allotted it the ‘electric pole’ symbol for the bypoll, while the Sasikala group was called AIADMK-Amma and was allotted the ‘hat’ symbol.

Wefornews Bureau (with IANS inputs)

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