Break-away AIADMK leader and Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran on Thursday floated a new party ‘Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam’, naming it after late J Jayalalithaa. In a big ceremony at Madurai, he unveiled his party flag prominently featuring image of the late leader and former six-time Chief Minister.
Dhinkaran’s move had come after series of legal skirmishes over allotment of a party symbol.
The break-away leader, who won from RK Nagar assembly in December as an independent, had made no bones of forming his own party after falling out with the current leadership of the party, which is running a state government in Tamil Nadu.
The Delhi High Court, on March 9, had allowed Dhinakaran’s plea for allotment of a common symbol, preferably ‘pressure cooker’, and a name of his choice for the AIADMK faction led by him.
The court order came on an interim application filed by the Dhinakaran-VK Sasikala faction in their main petition challenging the Election Commission’s November 23 order last year, which had allotted ‘two leaves’ symbol to the group headed by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy
Panneerselvam is the coordinator of the AIADMK and Palaniswami is the joint coordinator.
Dhinakaran, who won the RK Nagar Assembly, on the ‘pressure cooker’ symbol, had earlier told the court that he needed a temporary name and symbol for his group to interact with the electorate in the eventuality of elections to local bodies or any other polls.
The by-poll in RK Nagar assembly was necessitated by the death of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
Dhinakaran appealed to his supporters and the public to participate in the function in large numbers.
The RK Nagar MLA’s announcement to launch a political party comes weeks after actor-politician Kamal Haasan floated his party ‘Makkal Needhi Maiam’ in Madurai.
On December 31, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth had announced his decision to enter politics but he is yet to launch a party.
(With inputs from PTI)