Independent MLA of RK Nagar assembly constituency and deputy general secretary of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam party TTV Dinakaran faced another setback from the Election Commission after the Commission denied giving 'cooker' symbol to his unregistered political party AMMK, during the Supreme Court hearing.
TTV Dinakaran challenged against the AIADMK and filed a petition to get two leaves symbol which is legally not possible. Hence, he also filed a plea seeking the EC to allot his party 'cooker' symbol, on which TTV Dinakaran fought and won as an independent candidate from former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa's RK Nagar constituency.
The case hearing has been going for months and it reached its final stage on Tuesday ahead of the 2019 elections.
After this setback, TTV Dinakaran's counsel had demanded a common symbol for AMMK candidates which even the Chief Justice India placed in front of the Election Commission. However, the Election Commission said it can allot a common symbol only to a registered party.
Seemingly, TTV Dinakaran's AMMK party is not yet registered with the EC, keeping litigation of the two leaves case in the mind which has backfired now. AMMK's counsel infact argued that they will register the party with the Election Commission within the evening and pleaded for a common symbol for which the EC clearly refused.
After hearing the arguments from both the side, the CJI had ordered the EC to provide a common symbol for AMMK this time to contest in parliamentary and by-elections. But, the winning candidate will be considered only as an independent candidate, but not as a candidate from a party or a group.
Meanwhile, the candidates of AMMK were waiting outside to file nominations in the light of the last date of the nominations to be filed at the EC was on Tuesday.
At present, they have filed the nomination papers after the hearing during which the apex court ordered the EC to provide a common symbol for AMMK candidates which is comparatively a fair deal for TTV to make a single common symbol familiar than each and every candidate campaign separately, having separate symbols.