Battle of symbols in Tamil Nadu: Hats and electric poles outshine two leaves

E Palaniswamy's faction was allotted a hat as its symbol while O Panneerselvam acquired an electric pole.

The election commission on Wednesday froze AIADMK's symbol, the two leaves, saying that there was not enough time at hand.

E Palaniswamy's faction was allotted a hat as its symbol while O Panneerselvam acquired an electric pole.

"We are very delighted with the identity they have given us. The identity of AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) and the symbol in some sense resembles the original symbol of Puratchi Thalaivar which is 'two leaves' and here it is 'two lamp model"," Ma Foi K Pandiarajan from Pannerselvam's camp said.

Pandiarajan said that it was not long ago that Chennai corporation converted all the lamps in city into the two lamps model, and that coupled with RK Nagar being an urban constituency has made their job familiarising the twin lamps easy.

"The candidate carries more value than the symbol, and having Madhusudhanan representing us from RK Nagar our victory is assured. He has lived there for more than 60 years, is a known face and has worked for infrastructural development," he said.

Even Palaniswamy's camp led by TTV Dhinakaran is not worried about losing the symbol. In fact, Dhinakaran wore the hat and went to RK Nagar and filed the nomination papers.

Anwar Raja, sitting MP from Palaniswamy's camp said that it is easy for them to win as they have many cadres to go around RK Nagar canvassing for votes.

On Panneerselvam getting the lamp post as the symbol, Raja laughed and said, "People know the difference between an electric pole and twin leaves."

"Hat is very favourable for us because our leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR always wore a hat. We'll wear the hat and camp and it will be definitely effective," he said.

Talking about who would use the party headquarters, Pandiarajan said that there is nothing wrong in asking the election commission to not allow Team EPS from using it as they have lost the symbol.

However, Palaniswamy camp's Anwar Raja blamed the Bhartiya Janata Party for the rift within the AIADMK.

"BJP is backing OPS. If DMK is supporting OPS, BJP is the one that is pushing him to act. They all want to crush the AIADMK which is not possible ever," he said.

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