Expressing confidence that state Chief Minister K Palaniswami’s camp would get the ‘two leaves’ symbol, the State Dairy Minister said, “The symbol will come to EPS camp… there is no doubt about it.”
Chandrasekhar was escorted by the Delhi Police to Mumbai, Coimbatore and Bengaluru for court hearings there between October 9 and 16.
“I did not see Amma (Jayalalithaa) when she was in the Apollo Hospital. We could go only upto the second storey of the hospital. After that no one was allowed (into her room),” Tamil Nadu minister Vellamandi Natarajan said.
Sasikala is serving a four-year sentence at Bengaluru Central Prison after being found guilty in a disproportionate assets case.
The high court in its first order on September 15 had asked the EC to decide on the poll symbol row by October 31.
TTV Dinakaran had sought at least four months more on some grounds, including that the rival factions have filed affidavits running into 10,000 pages and he needed time to respond to them.
Dinakaran’s counsel V Singh said they sought to extend the deadline for settling the dispute over the party’s two-leaves electoral symbol as they needed more time to go through about 20,000-pages documents filed by the rival faction and prepare their response.
Sasikala has been in jail since February this year after the Supreme Court upheld her conviction by a special court in a disproportionate assets case. Her relatives Ilavarasi and V N Sudhakaran are also serving four-year jail terms.
The court had on September 15 directed the EC to decide before October 31 the matter related to the AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ symbol, frozen by the poll body in March after two factions of the party staked claim to it.
Dhinakaran in his petition had pleaded for extension of the deadline, saying the Election Commission (EC) had sought fresh submissions and it would only expand the scope of the dispute.
When asked if Sasikala would stay at Poes Garden residence of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa if released on parole, Dinakaran said, “Let her come first,” and asked where would the scribe who posed the question wanted Sasikala to put up.
Both the warring factions of the AIADMK led by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam merged on August 21 and the latter was made the Deputy Chief Minister. Sasikala is now in jail.
Sasikala, who is serving a four-year sentence at Parappana Agrahara jail in Bengaluru, applied for a 15-day parole to visit her ailing husband M Natarajan.
The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court had restrained the Tiruchirappalli police from arresting them. Responding to the latest case against him, Dhinakaran alleged that it was filed since his rival Palaniswami “is the police minister”.
“We have applied for the parole of ‘General Secretary’ (Sasikala). She will get permission for sure. The (Karnataka) Prisons Department will decide on the number of days the parole will be given for,” he said. Asked how many days Sasikala had applied for, Dhinakaran said her “advocate has said she wanted 15 days”.