On Thursday the allied AIADMK has received the ‘two leaves’ symbol from the Election Commission of India (ECI). The official order from election commission is due later on Thursday. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami welcomes the order of election commission by saying “Good Decision” while addressing media. After the announcement party workers of AIADMK started celebrations at Party headquarters in Royapettah, Chennai. The power struggle within the party started out soon after the demise of former Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, on December 5 last year after a prolonged illness. The decision came after when rival parties of O. Panneerselvam and V.K. Sasikala, claimed their right on the party symbol.
Prior election commission canceled the R.K Nagar bye-poll elections due to rampant abuse of money power to influence voters and the symbol remained frozen as the Election Commission recognized a split in the party. During the hearings, the Sasikala – Dhinakaran party challenged the genuineness of affidavits filed by the OPS-EPS alliance, seeking permission to cross-verify the affiants.
The OPS-EPS alliance said they have the majority in the party’s legislative and organizational bodies. And accused the other group of unnecessarily dragging the proceedings.
After the death of Ms. Jayalalithaa competing factions In the party arrises regarding arguing over who should be its new leader. Jayalalithaa’s closest friend Sasikala is serving a four-year jail term for corruption, so Sasikala deputed her nephew Dhinakaran as her deputy and her representative in the party.