Panneerselvam candidate files nomination for bypoll in Tamil Nadu’s RK Nagar
The Panneerselvam camp will use the ‘electric pole’ as its symbol and will be called AIADMK (Puratchithalaivi Amma). The Sasikala camp will contest as AIADMK (Amma) and will use the ‘hat’ as its symbol.india Updated: Mar 23, 2017 15:31 IST
E Madhusudhanan, a senior AIADMK leader from the O Panneerselvam camp, filed his nomination on Thursday from the RK Nagar constituency for the April 12 bypoll.
“People of this constituency desire the rule of O Panneerselvam in Tamil Nadu. He has been working for their welfare... my victory prospects in this election are bright,” Madhusudhanan told reporters in Chennai after filing his nomination.
“We are firm in our objective -- it is to fight against family rule in the AIADMK,” he said.
In the upcoming bypoll, the Panneerselvam camp will use the ‘electric pole’ as its symbol and will be called AIADMK (Puratchithalaivi Amma).
The Sasikala camp will contest as AIADMK (Amma) and will use the ‘hat’ as its symbol.
The Election Commission had on Wednesday issued an interim order freezing the ‘two leaves’ election symbol of the AIADMK, saying both the rival camps cannot use the party symbol as well as its name for the bypoll.
“AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran fought against (DMK-led by M Karunanidhi) family rule and formed AIADMK which was then taken care of by Amma (Jayalalithaa),” Madhusudhanan said.
“Amma did not favour any family rule in party. She reinstated Sasikala only as an assistant...even Amma did not reinstate AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran or Divakaran or even Sudhakaran into the party,” he said.
Sasikala was appointed AIADMK general secretary last year, and soon after she was convicted by the Supreme Court in a disproportionate assets case, she appointed her nephew Dinakaran as deputy general secretary on February 15.
Former minister K Pandiarajan said the party’s election manifesto would be released on Friday.
“Two prominent issues that will be highlighted in the manifesto is to develop the RK Nagar constituency and to solve the mystery behind the death of Amma (Jayalalithaa). It was under Madhusudhanan the first bridge was constructed here 21 years ago,” he said.
Thursday is the last day for filing nomination papers.
The bypoll was necessitated following the demise of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa who was elected from RK Nagar.