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TWO DAYS AFTER TTV DINAKARAN UNVEILED NEW PARTY, NANJIL SAMPATH QUITS POLITICS

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Updated: 03:46 GMT, Mar 19, 2018 | Published: 03:38 GMT, Mar 18, 2018 |
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Nanjil Sampath

Nanjil Sampath, a spokesperson of the camp led by the founder of the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), T.T.V. Dhinakaran, has decided to quit the camp.

When the AMMK was launched in Melur near Madurai on Thursday, Mr. Sampath chose not to attend the function.

He told to the Medias on Saturday that he was disappointed with the exclusion of the terms ‘Anna’ and ‘Dravida’ from the title of the new party. Pointing out that he would not join any other political party, Mr. Sampath said he would hereafter devote his time to training people in public speaking.

When his reaction was sought to Mr. Sampath’s claims, Mr. Dhinakaran told reporters that Mr. Sampath had simply found an excuse to leave the group. The term ‘Amma’, pertaining to Jayalalithaa, in the party’s name, “symbolised the ideals of Periyar E.V. Ramasamy, C.N. Annadurai and M.G. Ramachandran.” She was given the title of “social justice custodian” by Dravidar Kazhagam leader K. Veeramani in the 1990s.

“Besides, I do not want to fool people by using the terms ‘Dravidam’ and ‘Ariyam’. I do not believe in scoring electoral victories by dividing people. I regard all those living in Tamil Nadu as Tamils,” Mr. Dhinakaran added.

In a statement, the AMMK leader said he would observe a fast in Thanjavur on March 25 over the Cauvery issue.

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