New Delhi, Mar 28: In a major setback to TTV Dinakaran, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed a Delhi High Court order which directed the Election Commission (EC) to allot the ‘pressure cooker’ symbol to his faction of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). The apex court said Dinakaran cannot float a new party and use ‘pressure cooker’ as its symbol.

The top court asked the Delhi High Court to send the matter to a Special Division Bench to decide the main issue between the two factions of the AIADMK by the end of April. The court said that till the next hearing in the case, TTV Dinakaran can’t use the ‘pressure cooker’ as his party’s symbol.

A Special Division Bench will now decide on Dinakaran’s plea against EC’s order giving party’s two-leaves symbol to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami-led faction of the AIADMK. On March 15, TTV Dinakaran launched his new party called Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagham (AMMK) and vowed to recover the ‘two leaves’ symbol of the AIADMK.

Dinakaran, who recently won the by-election in Chennai’s RK Nagar constituency, had said till the party recovers the ‘two leaves’ symbol, it will contest the elections with the ‘pressure cooker’ symbol. On March 9, the Delhi High Court allowed Dinakaran’s plea for use of a common poll symbol — preferably ‘pressure cooker’ — and a suitable party name to carry on with his politics.

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