Chennai: After having declared his faction as the “original AIADMK”, former chief minister O. Panneerselvam will knock on the doors of Election Commission seeking to allot the party’s “Two Leaves” symbol to his camp while declaring the appointment of V.K. Sasikala as general secretary as “null and void.”
Mr Panneerselvam will lead a nine-member delegation including V. Maitreyan, Natham Viswanathan, S. Semmalai and K. P. Munusamy to the Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and submit a detailed memorandum listing their demands.
Sources in the OPS camp said Mr Panneerselvam would ask the EC to cancel the appointment of Ms Sasikala as the head of AIADMK since the post can only be filled through elections. The camp will also seek allotment of Two Leaves symbol to their side since “majority of the cadres are with us.”
“Since the byelections to R K Nagar constituency are approaching, we want to establish that we are the original AIADMK by getting the party symbol. The demand for allotting the symbol to our faction will be the primary agenda of the Wednesday meeting,” a senior leader said.
The OPS faction had already petitioned the Election Commission regarding Ms Sasikala's appointment as head of the AIADMK based on which the poll body sought detailed explanation from the jailed leader.
PMK to boycott RK Nagar bypoll
Chennai: PMK founder S.Ramadoss on Tuesday indicated that his party would boycott the RK Nagar bypoll to be held on April 12.
Speaking at the PMK general council at Tiruvannamalai, he said during bypolls money is distributed to voters by the ruling AIADMK and DMK would continue in RK Nagar too. If both parties promised in writing that they would not give money to voters, the PMK is ready to contest, he added. He further said his party would not support any other party. The PMK which contested in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur performed poorly.