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Two leaves case: AIADMK says it has majority

The EC on Thursday had rejected Dhinakaran faction's request seeking more time to submit the documents.

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Two leaves case: AIADMK says it has majority
The EC rejected Dhinakaran’s request seeking time to submit documents
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After the Election Commission set October 6 as the final date to submit the documents before it conducts final hearing of the "two leaves" case, the unified AIADMK on Friday submitted fresh affidavits claiming it had the support of the majority of the party's lawmakers as well as office bearers.

The unified AIADMK led by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam is fighting for the two leaves symbol against rival faction led ousted interim General Secretary VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dhinakaran.

The EC on Thursday had rejected Dhinakaran faction's request seeking more time to submit the documents.

Exhibiting confidence after meeting the EC, AIADMK's Rajya Sabha MP, V Maitreyan said, "Last week the EC gave an order, asking for the supporting documents and affidavits. We have submitted all of them with complete facts and figures. We also have 95 to 98 per cent MLA support with us. We are 200 per cent confident of winning the battle."

A party leader said, after the fresh submission, affidavits of 115 MLAs, 44 MPs, 52 district secretaries, 126 town secretaries and over 1,200 village secretaries from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Maharashtra and Delhi have been submitted to the EC.

"The decisions taken in the party's general council meeting on September 12 after the merger of the factions led by O Panneerselvam and E Palaniswami have also been submitted apart from the affidavits," said KP Munuswamy, senior leader adding that all the numbers required to secure the party symbol have been reflected in the number of affidavits.

After scrutinising the documents of the two factions, the Commission will conduct a final hearing of the dispute on October 6. The poll panel's move came after the Madras High Court's directive to it to settle the issue before October 31.

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