AIADMK Coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister, O Panneerselvam and party Co-Coordinator and Chief Minister, K Palaniswami led a silent procession of party workers from Anna Salai to Jayalalithaa's mausoleum on Marina beach here.
Justice Indermeet Kaur heard arguments on behalf of the Sasikala-Dhinakaran group, the poll panel and the faction of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam and said it will pass an order at 4pm today.
Justice Indermeet Kaur heard arguments on behalf of the Sasikala-T T V Dhinakaran group, the poll panel and the faction of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam and said it will pass an order at 4 PM today.
Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, who lost the battle for the party's 'two leaves' symbol when the Election Commission awarded it to the camp led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, also filed his papers.
The plea for urgent hearing of the matter was mentioned before a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar and sought quashing of the November 23 order of the Election Commission of India (ECI).
Madhusudhanan, the party's Presidium Chairman, was the AIADMK's "unanimous" choice, the release from party coordinator and Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and co-coordinator and Chief Minister K Palaniswami said.
According to sources, the Election Commission has decided that the E Palaniwami-O Panneerselvam merged faction deserves the party symbol. Official confirmation is still awaited.
Natarajan, 74, had undergone a kidney and liver transplant at a Chennai hospital on October 3. The reason for his latest hospitalization was not immediately clear.
Sources said on Wednesday, that after raiding 187 premises in connection with Sasikala and her relatives, including the now disqualified TTV Dinakaran.
The minister of state for finance rejected deposed AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran's charge of conspiracy. Dhinakaran had alleged that the multi-city searches at 187 places conducted since November 9 were a "conspiracy" aimed at ousting him and his jailed aunt from politics.
Income Tax officers raided 187 locations across four states on Thursday, targeting 10 groups running shell firms, 3 of which belong to Sasikala's family. The searches have also reached the premises of Midas Distilleries and Jazz Cinemas, I-T officers said. The two entities are perceived to be associated with some of those linked to Jaya TV.
The Tamil channel is controlled by AIADMK and arrested party leader VK Sasikala, while it was founded by late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
"Total income of 32 regional parties for 2015-16 was Rs 221.48 crore of which the parties spent Rs 111.48 crore and declared an unspent amount of Rs 110 crore (49.67 per cent unspent of total income)," a report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said today.
"The censor board has allowed (the film's release) and they are now objecting (to certain scenes on GST)... this amounts to insulting freedom of expression," he said. Dhinakaran said the film has only tried to highlight an issue, Goods and Services Tax, "affecting people."
Expressing confidence that 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."
The Supreme Court has asked the poll panel to decide on the matter by November 10.
Sasikala left Chennai yesterday morning by a car which had to halt at several locations till it reached the Bengaluru highway as party cadres gathered to greet her.
Raju made the comments at a time when Sasikala, serving a four-year term in a Bengaluru prison in a disproportionate assets case, has obtained five-day emergency parole and is staying in Chennai in view of the hospitalisation of her husband M Natarajan, who had undergone liver and kidney transplants.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it would not stay the order of the High Court asking the poll panel to decide the dispute by October 31 but would rather extend the time till November 10.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra disposed off the petition filed by T T V Dhinakaran, the deputy general secretary of a faction of the AIADMK party, challenging a Madras High Court order asking the poll panel to decide the election symbol row by October 31.
Dinakaran approached the top court on Friday, a day after the Madras High Court turned down his plea to extend its October 31 deadline to February 28 next year.
According to the media reports, a group of Sinhalese tried to attack Vaiko inside the UN Human Rights Council hall in Geneva for raising the issue of human rights violations of Sri Lankan Tamils.
The Election Commission had asked all parties in the party symbol dispute case to submit their documents on or before September 29 and scheduled a hearing on October 6.
A government order has been issued for this purpose, a government release said.
Addressing a public meeting here late last night, he sought the pardon of AIADMK cadres and the public for lying about Jayalalithaa's health.