"Election Commission has given judgement in our favour, we are very happy", Tamil Nadu chief minister Palaniswami said. "Majority of party workers supported us", Palaniswamy tweeted. Find us on Facebook too!
AIADMK MP V Maitreyan said they were informed by the EC about this verbally, and that they were waiting for the hard copy.
Following the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in December past year, a battle had broken out between the two factions for the two leaves symbol. 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. However, the symbol remained frozen, as the Commission had recognised a split in the party and the dispute was yet to be decided. Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam later merged their factions, sidelining TTV Dhinakaran and Sasikala.
Later, a large group of legislators led by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami revolted against Sasikala, and announced merger with Panneerselvam faction. The decision came after when rival parties of O. Panneerselvam and V.K. Sasikala, claimed their right on the party symbol.
The Supreme Court had asked the Election Commission to decide on which of the two factions of the AIADMK should be allowed to use the symbol by November 10.
On September 14, representatives of Dhinakaran had approached the EC urging it to declare as invalid the general council meeting, citing a high court order that said any decision taken at the impugned meeting will be subject to the final outcome in the appeal.