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Delhi HC allows Dinakaran's plea to use common poll symbol

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Friday allowed sidelined T.T.V. Dinakaran's plea for use of a common poll symbol -- preferably 'pressure cooker' -- and a suitable party name to carry on with his

Justice directed the to do the needful within three weeks after giving the Dinakaran faction of the AIADMK an appropriate hearing.

The court said: "However, keeping in view the nature of the relief sought in the application, while upholding the petitioner's (Dinakaran) right to seek the use of a common name and symbol by way of an interim arrangement during the pendency of the writ petition, I deem it appropriate to direct the of India, which has the necessary expertise to deal with allotment of symbols, to pass an appropriate order to permit the petitioner and his group of persons to use a common symbol (preferably 'pressure cooker' as used by the petitioner during R.K. Nagar constituency bypoll) and also permit them to use the (party) name of their choice, after giving them an appropriate hearing."

The court was hearing Dinakaran's plea for permission to use "pressure cooker" symbol for local bodies elections likely in April in or any other elections, during the pendency of the writ petitions regarding the AIADMK's 'two leaves' symbol.

In December 2017, Dinakaran won the Radhakrishnan Nagar bypoll as an Independent which he contested with 'pressure cooker' symbol.

Dinakaran has challenged the order to award the 'two leaves' symbol to a faction led by Chief Minister and



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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 19:00 IST