The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the prayer of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader T T V Dinakaran for a direction to the Election Commission to allot the pressure cooker symbol to his party.
Instead it directed the Delhi High Court to claim to symbol within four weeks in case elections to vacant seats in Tamil Nadu were announced in the interim.
Dinakaran has challenged the EC order recognising the reunited factions of the O Pannerselvam and Edappadi Palanisami as the “AIADMK” entitled to use of name, flag and the “two leaves” symbol.
The Delhi high court had on March 9 last year directed the Election Commission to allot a common symbol, preferably that of a 'pressure cooker' to the faction led by Dinakaran.
The apex court bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi said if the high court does not dispose of the pending case regarding allocation of symbol within four weeks, then the EC may proceed as per the March 9, 2018 order.
The EC in its March 9, 2018 order said that as his was an unrecognised party, Dinakaran cannot claim to any of the recognised symbols and he can only pick from any of the free symbols available. Thereupon the High Court asked the EC allot a common symbol, preferable 'pressure cooker' to Dinakaran party.
Dinakaran had asked for the 'pressure cooker' symbol in which he won the Radha Krishnan Nagar assembly by-election in December 2017 as an independent.
The two AIADMK factions of O Pannerselvam and Edappadi K Palanisami merged in August and on the strength of got recognition from the EC as the official AIADMK entitling to use the name, flag and "two leaves" symbol.
The main petition of Dinakaran challenging the EC order recognising the rival factions as the AIADMK is still pending the Delhi High Court.