Decide on two leaves symbol in 4 weeks, SC tells Election Commission

Chennai: The Supreme Court has asked the Election Commission of India to decide in four weeks on the two leaves symbol of the AIADMK that has been in question ever since the demise of party general secretary J Jayalalithaa.

The issue gained urgency with Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) general secretary T T V Dhinakaran approaching the court with a plea to use the cooker symbol that was allotted to him for the R K Nagar constituency poll. He won the election with a handsome a margin.

When the case came up before the Supreme Court this morning, it refused to allot the cooker symbol to AMMK. It also ordered the EC to decide on the traditional two leaves symbol of the AIADMK in four weeks. Failing this, and with the elections approaching, the cooker symbol may be allotted to the AMMK, it observed.

The case regarding the allotment of the two leaves symbol is in the Delhi High Court.

NT Bureau