Ever since Jayalalithaa’s death, a political vacuum has been created and no one else in AIADMK seems to be able to fill that space. While there have been many fights among leaders within the party, one of the most important issues relates to the ownership of the AIADMK party symbol. Currently, the party’s symbol, which represents the shape of two leaves, has been frozen by the Election Commission. The ruling AIADMK faction and the one led by TTV Dhinakaran have both claimed ownership of the AIADMK party symbol. Earlier, the Madras High Court had directed the Election Commission (EC) to finalize its decision in the matter by October 31. But, after TTV Dhinakaran filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging that order, the Supreme Court directed the EC today to resolve the issue by November 10.
The 10 days extension provided by the Supreme Court will allow TTV Dhinakaran the time to submit the required documents and affidavits. It may be recalled that thousands of documents have been submitted by the ruling AIADMK faction, claiming ownership of the AIADMK party symbol. Dhinakaran actually wanted around four month’s extension, but the same was not accepted by the court. Senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, who appeared on behalf of the ruling faction of AIADMK, said that Dhinakaran had the support of only few MPs and MLAs and he was only trying to prolong the proceedings.