Delhi HC refuses interim plea of Dinakaran for 'hat' symbol

Delhi HC refuses interim plea of Dinakaran for hat symbol
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The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the interim plea of sidelined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) T T V Dinakaran to get \'hat\' symbol allotted for R K Nagar bypolls.

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the interim plea of sidelined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) T T V Dinakaran to get 'hat' symbol allotted for R K Nagar bypolls.

The High Court has left the decision in the hands of Returning Officer of the Election Commission (EC) to allot the symbol to Dinakaran as an independent candidate for the bypolls.

The court will hear the main plea filed by jailed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala and Dinakran challenging the Election Commission's decision to grant two leaves symbol to EPS faction of the party on February 12.

On November 30, Dinakaran approached the Delhi High Court challenging two leaves symbol order of the Election Commission.

Earlier in November, the election watchdog had ruled that the party's faction led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palanisamy and his deputy O Panneerselvam (EPS-OPS) would be entitled to use the name of the party and its reserved symbol, holding that it enjoyed majority in the party's legislative and organisational wings.

Following the ruling, Dinakaran, while addressing party workers, said, "I will win in R K Nagar by-election and take back 'two leaves' symbol."

Backed by her aunt Sasikala, Dinakaran had also laid claim over the symbol after a power tussle ensued in the party following the death of Jayalalithaa.

Dinakaran is also facing a two leaves symbol bribery case.

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