The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the Election Commission's response on rebel AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran's plea to use a suitable name or symbol for his faction till his petition laying claim to the 'two-leaves' symbols is decided.
Justice Rekha Palli also issued a notice to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, to whose reunited groups the EC has allotted the 'two-leaves' symbol, and listed the case for further hearing on Feb 6.
Dhinakaran's application for using a suitable name and symbol was moved in his main petition challenging the poll panel's November 23, 2017, decision holding the reunited Palaniswami-Panneerselvam factions as the real AIADMK and allotting them the 'two-leaves' symbol.
In his application, he has also sought a direction to the EC to allot to him the symbol of 'pressure cooker' for the local body elections likely to be held in April or any other poll during the pendency of his petition.
It was on the pressure cooker symbol that Dinakaran got elected as an independent in the recent R K Nagar Assembly election .
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Dhinakaran, said a suitable name and symbol was being sought only till the pendency of the main petition, as otherwise, the poll panel might declare his group as a separate party.
The EC's lawyer, however, said the poll panel had nothing to do with the local body elections when the court asked whether it had any objection to allotting the 'pressure cooker' symbol to Dhinakaran's faction.
On December 4 last year, the high court had dismissed the plea of V K Sasikala-Dhinakaran faction of the AIADMK to use the 'hat' symbol allotted to this faction by the EC in the by-poll to the R K Nagar assembly constituency after freezing the two leaves symbol following the split in the AIADMK in March last year. The by- election itself was cancelled and was later held on December 21, 2017 and Dinakaran won on the pressure cooker allotted by the returning officer.
Dinakaran wants to revive the AIADMK Amma with his aunt V K Sasikala as general secretary It was under this name the faction functioned after the passing of Chief Minister J Jayalalitha and the consequent split in the party into Edappadi and O Pannerselvam camps.
The two factions having coming together and ousted Sasikala as well as Dinakaran from the party, he has to have his own outfit in the interim.
Dinakaran has already explained difficulties in forming a new party. The main difficulty is that the disqualification of 18 of MLAs loyal to him by Speaker S Dhanapal is under challenge before the Madras High Court which has since reserved orders.
Having got elected as AIADMK legislators, these disqualified MLAs cannot join Dinakaran's new party. Two of them, Thanga Tamil Selvan and P Vettrivel, have already said they will and cannot join Dinakran's new party as they may be disaqualified , but they will function as loyalists of Sasikala.
Dinakaran's ultimate aim is to recapture the AIADMK.