New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) allocated the ‘pressure cooker’ symbol to sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran to contest the RK Nagar bypoll and allocated the ‘hat’ symbol to another party.
On Monday, the Delhi High Court rejected the plea by the VK Sasikala-Dhinakaran faction of AIADMK for the ‘hat’ symbol, which was allotted to them in March by the EC for contesting the bypoll. The EC froze the use of the ‘two leaves’ symbol in view of dispute between the AIADMK factions.
According to reports, the high court on Monday directed the returning officer of the EC to decide an alternative for the faction, without being affected by the poll panel’s previous observation.
Dhinakaran earlier moved the high court following the EC decision recognising the unified AIADMK under Tamil Nadu chief minister EK Palaniswamy as the real party. On 23 November, the commission also allowed the Palaniswamy-Panneerselvam faction to use the ‘two leaves’ poll symbol.
The bypoll to RK Nagar Assembly constituency will be held on 21 December.