Which symbol would the two warring factions in the AIADMK choose? The AIADMK’s two leaves cannot be used by both the Sasikala and OPS factions as it was frozen by the Election Commission of India on Wednesday night. Both parties would have to pick a symbol on Thursday morning.
The two parties are also likely to approach the Supreme Court seeking to either stay or reverse the interim order of the ECI. In 1988, when two factions fought within the AIADMK after MGR’s death, the EC had passed a similar order. Jayalalithaa’s faction picked a ‘cock’ while the Janaki faction was allotted ‘two pigeons.’
On Wednesday in a late night interim order, the Election Commission of India froze the AIADMK’s two leaves symbol.
It was hearing contesting claims by the Sasikala and O Panneerselvam faction for the symbol. As a result, both factions will have to choose new symbols and fight the R K Nagar by-elections on April 12.
History repeated for the AIADMK on Wednesday when the Election Commission froze the party’s symbol while hearing a case between the Sasikala and O Panneerselvam camp.
The EC observed that it was freezing the symbol as it was unable to finish reading the 20,000 pages of argument between the two sides staking a claim for the two leaves.
T T V Dinakaran is the AIADMK’s candidate to contest the R K Nagar by-elections. Dinakaran who is convicted AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan’s nephew will contest the seat that was held by former chief minister J Jayalalithaa and it may be recalled that he was recently asked to pay up a penalty of Rs 25 crore in connection with a Foreign Exchange Regulation Act violation case.
It has been a week since AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan was convicted and sent to the Bengaluru central prison after being convicted in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case. The media is going to town with stories on what she wears and what she eats and that she is desperately seeking a transfer to a jail in Tamil Nadu.
A prisoner swap programme is available and if both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu agree for a transfer. However, with a (Tamil Nadu) government in place that is so ‘friendly’ to her, the chances are remote.
Following the chaotic trust vote that was held in the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly, leader of the opposition M K Stalin met Governor Vidyasagar Rao.
He has complained that the trust vote was not favour as the entire opposition was evicted from the floor of the house. He has also complained that the request for a secret ballot was rejected.
Tamil Nadu will witness a crucial trust vote on Saturday. Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy will take the the trust vote in the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly at around 11 am. Palanisamy claims he has the numbers and he will need the support of 118 MLAs to win the trust vote and stay on as chief minister.
Palanisamy claims he has the support of 124 MLAs, and going by this, it appears he would win comfortably. The problem for him, though, could be posed by the O Panneerselvam group which claims to have the support of 10 MLAs including him. While Paneerselvam has been suspended from the party, the rest continue to be members of the AIADMK. So what happens if they vote against the government?
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy’s rise in the AIADMK from a farmer in Salem district to the high chair has been a phenomenal one. He joined the AIADMK in 1974, and remained a party worker for long.
However, what caught Jayalalithaa’s attention was hi9s ‘devotion’. In 1985, he put up a separate party flag mast across the Edappadi region with Amma’s face on it. The separate flag had on it the picture of Jayalalithaa with the words, Puratchi Thalaivi Amma (revolutionary leader Amma) on it.
On Thursday, convicted AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan spent her first day in the Bengaluru central jail after being convicted by the Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case.
“She spent the day like any other ordinary convict,” said a jail official. Tamarind rice for breakfast and ragi (millet)-based food for lunch and dinner was what she was given.
Draped in a white saree, she spent most of her day walking around with her co-convict Ilavarasi. Later in the evening, the jail guards escorted her back to her cell.
Chennai, Feb 16: Newly appointed Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu E Palanisamy will take a floor test on Saturday, February 18, the AIADMK said.
A special session the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly will be held on Saturday.