Dhinakaran event in Madurai is show of strength

By PTI Published on Mar 15, 2018 01:49 PM IST

Madurai: It was a show of strength today by sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran who named his party after late leader J Jayalalithaa and unveiled its flag amid thousands of cadres who hailed him as the next 'chief minister' of Tamilnadu.

Naming his party Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam at a meeting here, Dhinakaran said the new outfit would capture power in the State.

Dhinakaran, who has the support of several dissident party workers and leaders, arrived in style in an open-top van acknowledging greetings from several supporters who had lined up on the streets of Melur with placards sporting his image.

Several party workers gave him the traditional poorna kumbham welcome. Banners and hoardings hailing Dhinakaran as the "future chief minister" were put up at several roads and junctions.

Former ministers V Senthil Balaji and P Palaniappan, senior leader S Anbazhagan, disqualified MLAs and Dhinakaran loyalists, including P Vetrivel and Thanga Tamil Selvan, attended the meeting.

Giant hoardings of Dhinakaran, along with AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran (MGR), Jayalalithaa, Dravidian icon C N Annadurai, and jailed leader V K Sasikala were put up for the event. The venue had a green backdrop (Jayalalithaa's favourite colour).

As soon as he arrived, a popular yesteryear number from an MGR film, Vaangaiyya Vathiyar Ayya, was played. Dhinakaran paid floral tributes to MGR and Jayalalithaa. Notwithstanding the move, he had said yesterday that his camp has not given up its right over the two leaves symbol.

Cadres at the event claimed that it "overshadowed" party functions, including the Ilangyar Pasarai-Ilam Pengal Pasarai at Theni, held by "betrayers" (ruling AIADMK led by K Palaniswami). The 'pasarai,' event had witnessed an attendance of about 50,000 cadres, according to the ruling AIADMK.