The two rival factions of the AIADMK which are battling for the party’s ‘two leaves’ symbol on Friday submitted fresh affidavits to the Election Commission (EC), claiming the support of the majority of the party’s office bearers.
According to a source in the party, affidavits of 115 MLAs, 44 MPs, 52 district secretaries, 126 town secretaries and over 1,200 village secretaries from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Maharashtra and Puducherry, were submitted.
K P Munuswami, a senior leader of the unified AIADMK, while speaking to reporters, said decisions taken in the party’s general council meeting on September 12 after the merger of the factions led by O Panneerselvam and E Palaniswami have also been submitted apart from the affidavits.
“All the numbers required to secure the party symbol have been reflected in the number of affidavits we have submitted. We are confident that we will get the symbol,” he said.
The affidavits filed were in addition to those filed previously.
The Dhinakaran faction also sought three more days time to file more affidavits, according to sources in the faction.
The submitted affidavits included those from 18 MLAs and 6 MPs, they said.
The EC had on Thursday rejected the plea of the Dhinakaran faction, seeking more time and maintained that the hearing on the issue would take place as scheduled on October 6.
V A Pugazhendhi, who was from the Dhinakaran faction, said the EC’s denial of more time was not a set back.
“It would not be affecting us in any way. We just wanted to reach a large number of cadres spread in different geographical locations,” he said.
Pugazhendhi said their faction respects the decisions of the EC unlike the rival faction of Palanisamy and Panneerselvam.
Neither Sasikala nor deputy Dhinakaran gave permission for the meeting, he said.
The poll panel’s move had come following the Madras High Court’s directive to it to settle the issue before October 31.
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