Kallakurichi AIADMK legislator S Prabhu on Saturday ditched Amma Makkal Katchi leader T T V Dinakaran on Saturday and returned to the parent party after meeting Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami.
Prabhu was among the three MLAs against whom Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker threatened to initiate disqualification proceedings after they joined the DInakaran in February.
Leader of the Opposition and DMK president M K Stalin however stalled the move by moving a no-trust motion against the Speaker and thereby getting a stay in court. He did not press it later after finding the rebels one after another returning to the AIADMK after the elections
However, after the AMMK’s drubbing in the May Lok Sabha elections, two other rebels E Rathanasabapathi and V T Kalaiselvan returned to the AIADMK fold.
With Prabhu’s return to the AIADMK, Dinakaran’s downfall is complete. He got a mortal blow when his right hand man Thanga Tamilselvan joined the DMK after losing in Theni in the recent Assembly elections held along with the Lok Sabha polls. Likewise, his staunch supporters Pughezhendhi lost in Hosur and P Vetrivel in Perambur.
This was followed by senior officer bearer Isakai Muthu deserting him. More than the defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, it is the AMMK's failure to win even one out of the 22 seats, of which 18 were held by Dinakaran supporters before they were disqualified for supporting him, led to large-scale desertions from his camp.
Though the AIADMK also fared equally miserably, winning only one of the 38 Lok Sabha seats, it won nine out of 22 Assembly seats in the simultaneous by-elections , raising the Edappadi Government's strength in the Assembly 222, four more than the half way. This finished Dinakaran’s rebellion.