The Madras High Court on Wednesday sought the Election Commission’s reply on sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran’s plea for a suitable name and symbol for his faction till the plea for the two-leaves symbol is decided, reported PTI. The high court also issued a notice to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam for claiming their faction is the real AIADMK.
Justice Rekha Palli also issued notice to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, to whose group the EC has allotted the ‘two-leaves’ symbol and sought their stand on the matter. The court listed the matter for further hearing on February 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 Palaniswami- Panneerselvam faction 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 it 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.
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 it 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 declined to grant any interim relief to V K Sasikala-Dhinakaran faction of the AIADMK by dismissing their plea to use the ‘hat’ symbol in the by-poll to the R K Nagar assembly constituency.
Last week, Dhinakaran had cited technical hurdles in forming a new political outfit saying there were no such difficulties in functioning as the AIADMK (Amma) if the court allowed them to use that name. In a statement, Dhinakaran had said: “The MLAs can, however, be part of the AIADMK Amma (faction) if the court allows that name. That is why our MLAs (disqualified) say they will function under the leadership of Chinnamma as the AIADMK Amma. There is nothing wrong in it.”
On January 17, the rebel leader had said there was no immediate necessity for him to float a new political party and that he would move the court, seeking permission to function as the AIADMK (Amma). He had already moved the court, challenging the validity of the AIADMK general council meeting, which had annulled the appointment of his aunt Sasikala as the party’s interim general secretary.
(With PTI inputs)