Two Leaves case: Court gives relief to EPS-OPS

In a big relief to the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, the Supreme Court today said it cannot issue stay order on allotting the Two Leaves symbol to the party. A petition seeking the stay was filed by TTV Dhinakaran-led Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam. The court also asked the Election Commission to respond in allotting the Cooker symbol to AMMK.

A few days ago, Dhinakaran filed a petition in the Supreme Court, against the Delhi High Court's recent order that the Two Leaves symbol allotted to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is valid. In his plea, Dhinakaran wanted the order to be stayed. The Delhi High Court order was viewed as a major boost to the ruling party led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. Dhinakaran and his aunt and general secretary of the party, V K Sasikala, had moved the court against granting the two-leaves symbol of the AIADMK to the EPS-OPS faction.

A bench of Justices GS Sistani and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal had on February 8 reserved its decision on the matter after hearing arguments on behalf of the EC and the two factions. In its order of November 23, 2017, the Election Commission of India allowed the EPS-OPS group to call itself the AIADMK. As far as the order was concerned, E. Madhusudanan, now chairman of the presidium of the party, was the leader of the group.