Dhinakaran thanks Election Commission for ‘gift pack’ symbol

Vastavam web: The Election Commission has allotted ‘gift pack’ as symbol for candidates of the T T V Dhinakaran-led Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazagham for the coming Lok Sabha elections and assembly bypolls, the AMMK said Friday. In a tweet, the party leader TTV Dhinakaran thanked the poll panel and termed the symbol “wonderful”. “Thanks to the Election Commission of India for allocating the wonderful symbol “gift pack” for all the 59 candidates as per the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India,” he tweeted. While campaigning in Arakkonam constituency, Dhinakaran said.”Till yesterday we were sitting at SC’s doorstep for symbol.

Dhinakaran accused the ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK of plotting to crush him in the political space. “I do not understand why they are doing this. We are a democratic party trying to work for the people of Tamil Nadu. They are not even ready to allot even a symbol,” he said. Early this week, the Supreme Court had refused to acknowledge the AMMK’s claim over ‘pressure cooker’ as a common election symbol, saying the party was not a registered entity. The apex court, however, had directed the EC to consider granting common free election symbol to the AMMK candidates for the Lok Sabha polls and assembly by-elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.