The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday will decide which camp of the AIADMK is the rightful claimant to 'Two Leaves', the party's poll symbol, a ruling that could potentially have a major impact on both O. Panneerselvam and Sasikala Natarajan in Tamil Nadu politics.
On Tuesday, Sasikala-led AIADMK filed a petition before the commission staking claim to the party's two-leaves symbol. Party Deputy General Secretary T T V Dinakaran has claimed that the 'two leaves' symbol belongs to his faction and that he would file the nomination for the R K Nagar constituency on March 23.
The row over party symbol picked up ahead of the byelection to the R K Nagar assembly constituency in Chennai on April 12. The assembly constituency was held by former chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The byelection has been necessitated by her death.
Filing of nominations for the by election began on March 16. Scrutiny of nominations would take place on March 24 when the symbol will be a key issue. The byelection results will be declared on April 17.