Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed the plea of TTV Dhinakaran and VK Sasikala faction of the All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) challenging the Election Commission’s (EC’s) decision to allocate two-leaves symbol to O Panneerselvam (OPS) and EK Palaniswami (EPS) faction in the party.
TTV Dhinakaran will now move the Supreme Court (SC) against the decision.
Delhi HC in its verdict said the ‘pressure cooker’ symbol allotted to his faction will not be allotted to anyone else for the next 15 days. It will remain a ‘free symbol’.
After AIADMK supremo Jayalalitha’s death, the AIADMK camp was divided into two factions: one led by TTV Dhinakaran and jailed leader Sasikala along with Deputy Chief Ministry O Panneerselvam, the other one led by Tamil Nadu chief minister EK Palaniswami.
Later, Palaniswami and Dhinakaran joined hands to oust Sasikala and Dhinakaran from the party.
In November 2017, the Election Commission (EC) allocated the two-leaves symbol to the Panneerselvam-Palaniswami faction on the ground that they enjoyed the support of the majority of members in the legislative and organizational wings.
Uncomfortable with the decision, “unrecognized” AIADMK leaders, Dhinakaran and Sasikala moved the Delhi High Court assailing the EC order.
It is to be noted that Panneerselvam-Palaniswami faction, as well as the EC, had defended the order on allotment of the two leaves symbol on grounds that their faction held a clear majority in the house.