AIADMK Election Symbol Frozen
New Delhi: The Election Commission has decided to freeze the symbol of AIADMK making it unavailable for both the rival groups. The official group led by Sasikala Natarajan was hopeful that it would get the election symbol of two leaves since it enjoys majority in the Assembly. It hoped that the EC would follow the UP precedent where chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was given the cycle symbol denying the same to his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has contested the claim made by Sasikala group and submitted to the court that the appointment of Sasikala itself is against the provisions of the AIADMK constitution. The EC earlier questioned the legitimacy of Sasikala as Payyavula general secretary. Since it did not recognise Sasikala as the AIADMK general secretary, the EC must have thought that the group headed by her does not have legitimacy.
The decision of the EC to freeze the election symbol is a definite setback to Sasikala group.