The Kerala High Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking to allot ‘two leaves’ as election symbol to All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam (AIADMK) in the State.
Justice P. R. Ramachandra Menon was dismissing a petition filed by V. Sundaramoorthy who was an AIADMK candidate in the Kalamassery constituency. He sought a directive to the Chief Election Commissioner to take a call on his representation seeking the symbol.
The petitioner said though he had filed an application for getting ‘two leaves’ as symbol, it was granted to Kerala Congress (M) party. AIADMK had been allotted the same symbol in Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
The Chief Election Commissioner’s counsel told the court that since the symbol ‘two leaves’ had already been allotted to Kerala Congress (M), a regional party in the State, the same symbol could not be allotted to the candidates of AIADMK. Besides, it was not a regional party in Kerala.
The representation had been filed on the mistaken belief that AIADMK was a national party.
‘Not national party’
The Election Commission further said AIADMK was not a national party as per the notification issued by it.
It was only a regional party under the provisions of paragraph 6A of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) order, 1968, in the State of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.