Ahead of the Tamil Nadu RK Nagar bypoll the Election Commission took a call to stop the two AIADMK factions from bickering over an election symbol. So last month, the Election Commission froze AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ party symbol after the two rival factions staked a claim to it.

 

“Neither of the two groups shall be permitted to use the name of the party 'All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam' simplicitor; neither of the aforesaid two groups shall also be permitted to use the symbol 'two leaves', reserved for 'All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam'," the order said.

 

Now, the EC has served a warning to Sasikala’s faction the AIADMK to stop using the frozen ‘Two leaves’ symbol on its website and social media accounts. The commission also sought a reply April 6.

 

An order from the EC read: "The Commission directs that the said depiction of the symbol 'two leaves' in print, electronic or digital media such as your website/facebook/twitter or any social media or in any other manner be stopped forthwith.”

 

The AIADMK Amma led by Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dinakaran received the hat symbol and O Panneerselvam faction called the  AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma got the electric pole symbol after the EC froze the former party symbol.

 

Despite EC’s warning, and the separate symbols, each party is trying their best to still hold to some semblance of the two leaf symbol which led former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa to victory whenever she contested from RK Nagar.

 

Earlier, Dinakaran wrote to the EC accusing the OPS faction of projecting the electric pole with two lamps as an extension of Amma's two-leaf symbol. A notice was sent to party candidate E Madhusudhanan in this regard.

 

Soon enough the counter-war started and the OPS faction alleged that is was Dinakaran and party who was misusing the symbol.