P Pugezhendhi, Karnataka State organiser of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagami has revolted against its already isolated leader T T V Dinakaran after he complained at a meeting with his supporters that they were not being treated well.
A video of that meeting, held at a Coimbatore hotel room recently, was uploaded by the IT wing of AMMK and Dinakaran did not pull up those responsible for that.
Instead of trying to pacify Pugezhendhi, Dinakaran has said he cannot force anyone to stay and whoever want to leave are welcome to do so.
This has provoked Pugezhendhi to come out in the open against Dinakaran. In an interview to Sun TV, close to theDMK, he said he was one of the founder members of the party and he was responsible for bringing T T V Dinakran from “political wilderness” after he was expelled by AIADMK general secretary and late Chief Minister J Jayalalitha during her last years.
He returned to the AIADMK after Sasikala became general secretary after the passing of Jayalalitha in December 2016.
The party split thereafter. But the two factions merged in September 2017 and got recognition from the Election Commission as the official AIADMK with right to the name and flag.
With the Madras High Court also upholding the disqualification of 18 of his supporting MLAs, Dinakran found himself completely isolated after losing the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and Assembly by-elections to fill 21 vacancies, 18 of them arising from disqualification of his supporters.
Claiming to be a loyalist of Jayalalitha’s close aide V K Sasikala, who is serving a four year jail term in a Bengaluru in a corruption case, Pugezhendhi has said she herself is not happy with Dinakaran floating a new party after the AIADMK merger.
Pugezhendhi is wary of joining the DMK as it is not a factor in Karnataka. The AIADMK has kept its doors open to all dissidents,except Sasikala and Dinakaran.
With the AIADMK winning nine seats, just enough to ensure a comfortable majority for the Edappadi Palanisami Government, former Minister Senthil Balaji, and ex-MLAs V P Kalairajan and Thanga Tamilselvan have ditched Dinakaran and joined the DMK.
The only loyalist left with Dinakaran is former Perambur MLA Vetrivel.