AIADMK two leaves symbol row: TTV Dinakaran moves SC challenging Delhi HC order in favour of Palaniswami-led faction

TTV Dinakaran filed an appeal before the SC challenging the Delhi HC order which dismissed his petition in connection with the dispute over the AIADMK two leaves symbol

Asian News International March 05, 2019 17:04:29 IST
AIADMK two leaves symbol row: TTV Dinakaran moves SC challenging Delhi HC order in favour of Palaniswami-led faction
  • TTV Dinakaran filed an appeal before the SC challenging the Delhi HC order concering the dispute over AIADMK’s two leaves symbol

  • Delhi HC had earlier upheld the EC's order that granted the symbol of the AIADMK to the Palaniswami-led faction

  • AIADMK had split into two factions after J Jayalalithaa’s death

New Delhi: Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) leader TTV Dinakaran on Tuesday filed an appeal before the Supreme Court challenging the order of the Delhi High Court which dismissed his petition in connection with the dispute over the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's (AIADMK) "two leaves" election symbol case.

The Delhi High Court had earlier upheld the Election Commission's order that granted the symbol of the AIADMK to the faction led by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

AIADMK two leaves symbol row TTV Dinakaran moves SC challenging Delhi HC order in favour of Palaniswamiled faction

Representational image. Reuters

A division bench comprising of Justice GS Sistani and Sangita Dhindra Sehgal dismissed the petition filed by TTV Dinakaran and VK Sasikala.

The dispute arises out of competing claims over AIADMK's two leaves election symbol from TTV Dinakaran-Sasikala on one side and Palaniswami -Panneerselvam on the other side.

Soon after the death of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa on 5 December, 2016, the party split into two factions. While one faction was led by Sasikala-Dinakaran-Panneerselvam, the other was led by Palaniswami. However, Panneerselvam and Palaniswami joined hands later to oust Sasikala and Dhinakaran from the party.

On 23 November, 2017, the Election Commission allotted the two-leaves symbol to the Panneerselvam-Palaniswami faction on the grounds that they enjoyed the support of the majority of members in the legislative and organizational wings.

Aggrieved by the allotment, Dinakaran and Sasikala moved the Delhi High Court against the EC order.

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