Chennai, Nov 23: The Election Commission has restored the ‘two leaves’ symbol of the AIADMK for the E Palaniswamy and O Panneerselvam camp. Reports said that Sasikala camp may move the Madras High Court against the poll panel’s verdict. “We’re waiting for the hard copy, but have got information from EC orally that the two leaves symbol has been allotted to us. We’re very happy that we have got the symbol again. A large number of party cadre are supporting EPS and OPS,” said Maitreyan, a senior AIADMK leader and Rajya Sabha MP.Also Read - Video: Sasikala Visits Jayalalithaa's Memorial For First Time Since Jail Release
On allegations that they got the symbol due to their “proximity with the Bharatiya Janata Party”, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy said, “It is wrong. We had facts on our side and majority of MLAs, MPs and party workers were with us. All this was taken into consideration.” Also Read - Will Set AIADMK Straight, Says Sasikala in Audio Clip After Party Sacks Workers For Talking to Her
Meanwhile, a Delhi court on Thursday once again pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing supplementary chargesheet against TTV Dinakaran in the two leaves symbol bribery case. Also Read - Tamil Nadu: AIADMK Expels 17 Party Functionaries Who Interacted With Ex-Party Leader VK Sasikala
Earlier this month, both EPS-OPS as well as the TTV Dhinakaran had filed a written submission in Election Commission in “two leaves” symbol case. The faction, led by party leader TTV Dhinakaran, had filed a 111 page written submission while EPS-OPS faction had filed an 82 page written submission.
The Supreme Court had asked the Election Commission to decide on which of the two factions of the AIADMK should be allowed to use the symbol by November 10.
Following the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in December last year, a battle had broken out between the two factions for the two leaves symbol. Both the factions had approached the Election Commission and asked that the official party symbol be given to it.