Symbol dispute; OPS, EPS claim together
The Election Commission on Friday resumed its hearing on the AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ symbol dispute, during which the OPS-EPS combine staked a claim to the party symbol. The electoral body has fixed October 13 as the date for recording the submissions of V.K. Sasikala and T.T.V. Dhinakaran.
Lawyers representing the petitioners from the factions led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and O. Panneerselvam, which recently announced their merger, submitted that they constituted the “real AIADMK” and that they enjoyed the support of a majority of party legislators and members. It was contended that they had the support of 43 of the 49 MPs, 113 MLAs and 1,877 members.
Seeking more time, Mr. Dhinakaran – through his counsel N. Raja Senthoor Pandian — also moved an application seeking permission to cross-examine the witnesses who had filed fresh affidavits in support of the petitioners. The Commission is yet to decide on that issue.