After a series of legal skirmishes over allotment of a party symbol sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran today announced the name of his political party and unveil the flag in Madurai today.
The Delhi High Court, on March 9, allowed Dhinakarans plea for allotment of a common symbol, preferably pressure cooker, and a name of his choice for the AIADMK faction led by him.
The court order came on an interim application filed by the Dhinakaran-V K Sasikala faction in their main petition challenging the Election Commission's November 23 order last year, which had allotted two leaves symbol to the group headed by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam.
As it Happened:
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,Tamil Nadu Minister on #TTVDinakaran launching own party pic.twitter.com/SBSoIqZvWE— ANI (@ANI) March 15, 2018
11:00 am: Dhinakaran unveils party flag prominently featuring the image of late leader J Jayalalithaa
10:36 am: 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, till then will use cooker symbol: Dhinakaran
10:35 am: Dhinakaran names his party 'Amma Makkal Munetra Kazhagam' after Jayalalithaa
10:00 am: TTV Dhinakaran seeks blessings of MGR and Jayalalithaa ahead of announcing the name of his political party.
09:00 am: Dhinakaran, who won the RK Nagar Assembly bypoll, held in December last as an independent candidate on the pressure cooker symbol, had earlier told the court that he needed a temporary name and symbol for his group to interact with the electorate in the eventuality of elections to local bodies or any other polls. The by-poll was necessitated by the death of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
08:50 am: Dhinakaran appealed to his supporters and the public to participate in the function in large numbers.
08:40 am: The RK Nagar MLAs announcement to launch a political party comes weeks after actor-politician Kamal Haasan floated his party Makkal Needhi Maiam in Madurai.
08:30 am: On December 31, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth had announced his decision to enter politics but he is yet to launch a party.