Chennai: The Election Commission India (ECI) has issued a legal notice to Tamil actor Vijay’s political party regarding the naming of his party as Tamilaga Vettri Kazhagam (TVK). Earlier, T Velmurugan, the founder of the Tamizhaga Vaazhvurimai katchi (TVK) party had filed a legal notice with the Election Commission of India, demanding that the commission refrain from assigning the abbreviation TVK to the actor’s party.
The legal notice is in response to Vijay’s party using the abbreviated name TVK, which is already registered by the party founded by T. Velmurugan. Velmurugan’s concern is that the public may become confused if both parties use the same abbreviated names.
Recently, the Krishnagiri district secretary of the Tamizhaga Vaazhvurimai katchi party passed away in a road accident. Members of both parties, Tamilaka Vetri Kazhakam and Tamizhaga Vaazhvurimai katchi, panicked when the abbreviation TVK was mentioned in newspapers though it was later clarified. In the legal notice, it highlights the potential for similar situation between the two parties in future.
The legal notice highlights the chance for confusion between the two parties’ names in the future. To prevent confusion, either the ECI should disallow the usage of TVK or make alterations such as adding Vijay’s name to TVK as TVK (Vijay).
T. Velmurugan, who was previously an MLA of the PMK ( Pattali Makkal Katchi) party from 2006 to 2011, formed his own party called TVK (Tamizhaga Vaazhvurimai katchi) in 2012 after breaking away from PMK. He joined the DMK alliance in 2019 and won the 2021 state assembly elections from Panruti constituency under the DMK party symbol. Velmurugan has often stated that the DMK had promised him a seat in the next Lok Sabha election when he joined the DMK alliance in 2019.