Chennai: Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) party had fielded Mahendran from the Thiruparankundram assembly constituency in Madurai and Shahul Hameed from Aravakurichi assembly constituency in Karur for the by-elections which will be held on May 19 in Tamil Nadu. Also Read - Sasikala Given Grand Welcome on Return to Tamil Nadu After 4 Years, Says Will Remain in Active Politics

Meanwhile, on Friday, AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran was unanimously elected as the general secretary of the party, even as a decision was taken to have it registered as a political party. Also Read - After Serving Jail Time & Battling COVID, Sasikala Set to Return to Tamil Nadu on Feb 7. Here's How It Changes Things

The move comes just a day after Lok Sabha and by-elections to 18 assembly seats concluded in Tamil Nadu and days after the Supreme Court had rebuked the group led by former AIADMK leaders Dhinakaran and V K Sasikala for not registering AMMK as a political party. Also Read - TN: SC Defers Plea of DMK & Dhinakaran's Factions in AIADMK MLAs Disqualification Case

At a meeting held at the AMMK headquarters in Chennai, it was decided that VK Sasikala, the current general secretary, would be elevated as the party president after her four-year imprisonment in a disproportionate assets case ends.

AMMK spokesperson CR Saraswati reportedly said, “TTV Dhinakaran has been unanimously elected as AMMK’s general secretary. Also, as informed to the Supreme Court by our advocate, a decision to take steps to register AMMK as a political party was also taken today.” Saraswati added, “The post of president would be allotted to our leader V K Sasikala soon after she is released.”

TTV Dhinakaran had launched the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) after he and VK Sasikala were expelled from the E Palaniswami-led AIADMK.

(With agency inputs)