TTV Dhinakaran's AMMK gets 'Gift Pack' as symbol from EC

In a major relief to TTV Dhinakaran and his Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam, the Election Commission of India has allocated 'Gift Pack' as symbol to the outfit. However, it is said that candidates of the AMMK will be considered as independents, since the party is yet to get registered itself in the EC. The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Election Commission of India to allot a common symbol to the candidates contesting under the AMMK banner in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and Tamil Nadu by-polls.

Despite launching his party in March last year, RK Nagar MLA TTV Dhinakaran has not registered AMMK with the Election Commission yet since this would mean giving up claim over the two leaves symbol. The Supreme Court has directed the Election Commission of India to consider alloting a common symbol for the 59 candidates of unregistered political party Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam, run by VK Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran, for the forthcoming Parliamentary elections and state bypolls.

The direction comes as a relief for Dhinakaran, who has allotted just one seat for partner SDPI and contesting all other seats alone. Dhinakaran told the apex court that the EC's stand would force the candidates of AMMK party led by him to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on different symbols.