Breakway AIADMK leader T T V Dinakaran on Friday issued public advertisements in newspapers that he proposed to register his Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhgam as a political party with the Election Commission and invited objections.
In the advertisement, Dinakaran declared himself general secretary and S Anbalagan, of the 18 legislators who rebelled against the ruling AIADMK and got disqualified by the Speaker, as vice-president.
He said the president would be elected later by the general council while the treasurer would be nominated by him in his capacity as general secretary.
Now it is an unrecognised party. Its candidates contested on the common free symbol of hurricane light in the recent Lok Sabha and Assembly byelections. To get recognition eve as a regional party, it has to have a certain number of MLAs and or a certain percentage of votes.
Dinakararn's announcement to register AMMK as a political party came after his right hand man and till then propaganda secretary Thanga Tamilselvan defected to the DMK.
When the AIADMK split into two after former Chief Minister J Jayalalitha’s death in December 2016, Sasikala got herself elected as general secretary, forced out the then Chief Minister O Pannerselvam, secreted 123 MLAs to a resort and on the strength of it staked claim to form Government.
However the then Governor refused and decided to wait for the final verdict in the wealth case. The apex convicted Jayalalitha Sasikala and two others and sentenced them to four years jail. As Jaya was no more, the sentence abated though the conviction remained.
Sasikal before going to Bengaluru jail, made Dinakaran deputy general secretary and installed Edappadi Palanisami Chief Minister with the support of 123 MLAs.
After working for Dinakaran’s success in R K Nagar constituency , Edappadi closed ranks with the breakaway leader Panneerselvam on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and got the merged entity the recognition from the Election Commisison as the official AIADMK with right to name, flag and symbol. The merger was endorsed by the AIADMK general council which also declared Sasikala and Dinakaran persona non grata.
Sasikala’s challenge against this EC order is now in Delhi High Court.
Dinakaran suffered a setback when the Madras High Court upheld the disqualification of 18 of his supporting legislators.
It was then he decided to float his own party and leave the larger battle of retrieving the AIADMK to Sasikala.
However, his AMMK in its debut election drew a blank, not just in the Lok Sabha polls but even in the 22 Assembly seats where by-elections were held This despite the fact the 18 of these were held by disqualified members.
Since then, top ranking supporters like Thanga Tamilselvan, Senthil Balaji V P Kalairajan have deserted Dinakaran and joined the DMK.
Dinakaran has decided to go it alone, hoping for better times.