EC Decides on Two Leaves Symbol and Jayalalithaa's Legacy

Chennai Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam exchange greetings following merger of their factions in Chennai on Monday. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam factions led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy and former

In a major setback to the Sasikala camp, TV channels reported sources as saying that the Election Commission on Thursday restored the "Two Leaves" Symbol to the unified AIADMK under EPS-OPS faction. Ownership of the symbol was being disputed by the ruling party and the faction led by sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran, the nephew of sacked interim party general secretary Sasikala Natarajan.

Palanisamy also told mediapersons that the "EC has given judgement in our favour, we are very happy".

After former chief minister J.Jayalalithaa's death past year both factions in the AIADMK had approached the Election Commission to grant them the party symbol.

"We had facts on our side and the majority of MLAs, MPs and party workers were with us".

The Sasikala faction wanted to counter certain points raised by the Palaniswami-Panneerselvam faction but was asked by EC to give it in writing. The poll panel had frozen it, pending the decision on their pleas. He approached Panneerselvam for a merger.

EC earlier froze the symbol after the two factions of the AIADMK - one led by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and his Deputy O Panneerselvam and the other led by ousted leader VK Sasikala laid stake on it. The merged factions of the party had moved the Election Commission in September.

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