AIADMK factions submit new names, symbols: hat, electric pole

AIADMK factions submit new names, symbols: hat, electric pole
Rival AIADMK factions today submitted new names and poll symbols _ a hat and an electric pole _ to the Election Commission, a day after it barred them from using the undivided party's "two leaves" symbol for a by-election.

According to party sources, the EC accepted the request of the Sasikala camp for allotting it the "hat" symbol. The faction will now contest the R K Nagar by-election as AIADMK (Amma).

The O Panneerselvam camp will use the 'electric pole' symbol and will be called AIADMK (Puratchithalaivi Amma).

The poll panel had last night said that both groups shall be known by such names as they may choose for their respective groups, showing, if they so desire, linkage with their parent party.

"Both the groups will also be allotted such different symbols as they may choose from the list of free symbols notified by the Election Commission," it said.

The bypoll was necessitated following the demise of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa who was elected from RK Nagar.

E Madhusudhanan of the OPS camp today filed his nomination at R K Nagar. T T V Dinakaran of the Sasikala faction and Maruthu Ganesh of DMK will also be contesting the bypoll.

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