TTV Dhinakaran launches party Amma Makkal Munetra Kazhagam

TTV Dhinakaran's new party to be called Amma Makkal Munetra Kazhagam

Southern politics witness' a big change today, as heavyweight politician TTV Dhinakaran launches a new political party Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam in Madurai today.

Dhinakaran was flanked by the 18 AIADMK MLAs, who were disqualified by the Speaker last August.

"All of you know how hard it has been in the past six months without a symbol and name. We will follow in the footsteps of the likes of the Justice Party (of pre-Independence India)", he said at the inaugural address on 21 February.

"You all know what has transpired in the past four months in our state".

The AMMK would contest all the elections - from polls to cooperative societies to local bodies, from Assembly elections to Lok Sabha polls - with the party's "cooker" symbol and win them, he claimed. People had voted unanimously for cooker symbol. The actor-turned-politician has been touring the state ever since the formation of his party and addressing public events attended by huge crowds of supporters.

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The flag of the party also consists a picture of late J Jayalalithaa. Former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran always fought elections in and around Madurai. "The Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam will capture power in Tamil Nadu", he said. Three sitting MLAs who have backed Dhinakaran were also present at the party's launch.

But invoking Jayalalithaa's name and positioning himself as her successor is only a temporary relief to haul up and pull up in the future. Unlike how he was seen as a hero, last year-when he was out of Tihar jail and how his charisma grew during the R.K. Nagar poll-this time, the two leaves case might cripple Dhinakaran's political future.

The RK Nagar seat fell vacant after the demise of former Chief Minister, the late J Jayalalithaa.

Sources in the party, however, say that there is a sense of "fear" that TTV has brought about, one that the AIADMK could be fragmented in a matter of few years. On the other hand, Palanisamy enjoys a wide support base in west Tamil Nadu, which predominantly consists of the Gounder community. But as it has been its strategy, it may engineer a further divide in the AIADMK. "There are many applicants from the ruling camp, who moved the Election Commission seeking those names", said a leader and close Dhinakaran associate.

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