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‘AMMK’ Launch: Dhinakaran Names Political Party After Jayalalithaa

Ousted AIADMK leader and RK Nagar MLA TTV Dhinakaran launched his political party in Madurai on 15 March.

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File photo of TTV Dhinakaran.
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Ousted AIADMK general secretary and RK Nagar MLA TTV Dhinakaran on Thursday launched his political party 'Amma Makkal Munetra Kazhagam' (AMMK) in Madurai. He also unveiled his party’s flag prominently featuring the image of late leader J Jayalalithaa.

Snapshot
  • Launching his new political outfit, Dhinakaran said he will strive to serve the people of Tamil Nadu
  • AMMK will reportedly use the pressure cooker as its party symbol till it “retrieves” AIADMK’s two leaves symbol
  • The party is named after J Jayalalithaa, who was called ‘Amma’ by her cadres
11:10 AM , 15 Mar

AIADMK Leader Likens TTV to A 'Mosquito'

Tamil Nadu minister and AIADMK leader D Jayakumar compared TTV Dhinakaran to a mosquito and said that he was like a “shani” over their party.

It was basically a mosquito, when it came and when it flew back no one knew, it was a ‘shani’ over our party which has now gone. 
D Jayakumar on TTV’s Party Launch
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10:37 AM , 15 Mar

TTV Launches 'Amma Makkal Munetra Kazhagam'

Ousted AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran launched a new political party -- 'Amma Makkal Munetra Kazhagam' -- in Madurai on Thursday, 15 March, and said that he has the support of late chief minister Jayalalithaa and his aunt VK Sasikala, along with the people of Tamil Nadu.

The AMMK will reportedly use a pressure cooker as its party symbol till they “retrieve” the AIADMK’s two leaves symbol.

He said that his party will contest in all election, be it the Lok Sabha, state elections, or even the cooperative elections.

We will win all upcoming elections from now by using the latest name and party flag. We will also try to retrieve the two leaves symbol, and till then will use the cooker symbol.
TTV Dhinakaran

Banners and hoardings hailing Dhinakaran as the "future chief minister" were put up at several roads and junctions.

Former ministers V Senthil Balaji and P Palaniappan, senior leader S Anbazhagan, disqualified MLAs and Dhinakaran loyalists, including P Vetrivel and Thanga Tamil Selvan, attended the event.

10:13 AM , 15 Mar
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Cadres Arrive at TTV's Party Launch

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10:13 AM , 15 Mar
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What Dhinakaran Promises

Dhinakaran said that in addition to clinching the government back from the “betrayers,” he will also implement the welfare programmes envisioned by former chief minister Jayalalithaa.

The leader reportedly “supports” his aunt Sasikala, one of Jayalalithaa’s closest aide who is serving a four-year prison sentence after being convicted in a disproportionate assets case.

A political party is needed to retrieve the AIADMK from the clutches of traitors. We need a registered political party to fully retrieve the AIADMK from the present rulers.
Dhinakaran to The News Minute

Dhinakaran has the support of at least 22 MLAs, including 18 AIADMK elected representatives, who were disqualified by the Tamil Nadu Speaker in August 2017.


Published: 15 Mar 2018, 10:13 AM IST
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