New Delhi, April 4: On Monday the Election Commission warned Sasikala party to stop using the symbol of ‘Two Leaves’ on its website and social media accounts. On 23rd March, the EC had frozen the AIADMK party’s symbol after the tussle amongst the opposition parties led by O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswamy staked their claim to it. The commission also sought a reply by 11 am on April 6.
“Neither of the two groups shall be permitted to use the symbol ‘Two Leaves’ of the AIADMK,” the EC stated. The poll panel had also asked both the factions to choose a new symbol to contest the by-polls in R.K. After sorting out over the symbol allotment, EC gave ‘auto rickshaw’ symbol to Sasikala party and ‘electric pole’ symbol to O Panneerselvam party today to contest R K Nagar by-poll. The Election Commission had allowed both factions a further and final opportunity of adducing documents and affidavits latest by April 17.
While the Sasikala faction remained largely unperturbed with the decision, Panneerselvam’s camp begged to differ and said they would fight back. To this O Panneerselvam disappointedly expressed saying that in spite of having kept strong arguments in front of the EC, we are disappointed by the results but we will continue to raise voice legally to get back our symbol.