MADURAI: TTV Dhinakaran the rebel AIADMK leader launched his political party on Thursday called 'Amma Makkal Munetra Kazhagam'. At the party launch here, Dhinakaran also displayed the party flag that bore the image of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, and said, "We will win all upcoming elections from now by using latest name and party flag, we will also try to retrieve the two leaves symbol, till then will use cooker symbol."
The sidelined AIADMK leader had won the key RK Nagar Assembly seat previously held by Jayalaithaa, as an independent candidate.
Last year, amid the political turmoil in the state, Dhinakaran lost the AIADMK party name and the 'two leaves' symbol to the Palaniswami- Panneerselvam faction.
Tamil Nadu Minister Jayakumar, however, dismissed his latest manoeuvre saying, "AIADMK is like a lion and Dinakaran's party like a mosquito on the lion."
According to the reports of NDTV, thousands of supporters of Dhinakaran turned up for the launch. All the roads leading to Melur, the venue for the announcement, were chock-a-block. Life-size cutouts of Jayalalithaa, MGR and VK Sasikala among others were put on display.
Superstar Rajinikanth, who is currently on a two-week spiritual trip to the Himalayas, too, had announced he would launch a party and contest all 234 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu in the next elections due in 2021. He is yet to announce the details.
He has been locked in a battle in court after his plea to be assigned the two-leaf symbol of the AIADMK was turned down by the Election Commission. The court has asked the poll body to assign a new name and symbol to the estranged AIADMK leader, who decided to launch his own political party after months of bitter feud with Tamil Nadu's ruling party.
"To overcome the hindrance put up by enemies and to bring back the success of revolutionary leader Amma, I am starting this political journey," Dhinakaran said in a statement. "Let Tamil Nadu raise its head and the life of Tamils prosper will be our slogan to establish Jayalalithaa's principles," he said.
The Delhi High Court, on March 9, allowed Mr Dhinakaran a common symbol, preferably 'pressure cooker', and a name of his choice for the AIADMK faction led by him.