Dhinakaran can not be granted temporary name and symbol: EC
New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday opposed in the Delhi HC the plea of TTV Dhinakaran, AIADMK (Amma) faction leader, seeking a temporary name and symbol for his group till his petition laying claim to the 'two-leaves' symbol is decided.
The poll panel told the high court that only a recognised or registered political party can be allotted a symbol or given a name, and Dhinakaran's faction was neither. A similar stand was taken before Justice Rekha Palli by the faction headed by CM EK Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam who contended that the proper forum for filing the petition was Madras HC as the entire dispute was confined to the state. Appearing for the Palaniswami-Panneerselvam faction, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said Dhinakaran was trying to create "a party within the party".