The Supreme Court Bench of Justice A.M.Khanwilkar and Justice Ajay Rastogi on Thursday declines to grant the symbol of ‘pressure cooker’ to the T.T.V. Dhinakaran-led Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK).
However, the Bench clarified that if the polls to vacant seats in the Tamil Nadu are decided within four weeks then the Election Commission (EC) is at liberty to allocate the aforesaid symbol to Mr. Dhinakaran’s party in a week, complying with the order of the Madras High Court.
While doing so the Court also vacated an earlier order of abeyance over the High Court’s order, issued by it when Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami-led faction had approached the Supreme court.
As per the fact, on March 9 2018, the Delhi High Court had directed the Election Commission (EC) to allocate a common symbol and a name to the then AIADMK (Amma) faction led by Mr. Dhinakaran.
The High Court’s order came in response to an application moved by Dhinakaran in his main petition against an Election Commission order dated November 23, 2017, of allotting the ‘two leaves’ symbol to the group headed by Mr. Palaniswami and his deputy O. Panneerselvam.
Mr. Dhinakaran sought the pressure cooker symbol as in December 2017, Dhinakaran won Radhakrishnan Nagar (R.K.Nagar) bye-poll as an independent candidate under the "pressure cooker" symbol.