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Subramanian Swamy calls on DMDK chief Vijayakanth, surprises TN BJP

Swamy called on Vijayakanth at the DMDK head office at Koyambedu here with long time associate V S Chandralekha

Subramanian Swamy

Taking his party’s Tamil Nadu unit by surprise, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday called on DMDK chief Vijayakanth here, a visit described as a “courtesy call” by the main opposition party.Swamy called on Vijayakanth at the DMDK head office at Koyambedu here with long time associate V S Chandralekha, who is also a functionary of ‘Virat Hindustan Sangam’ that he launched recently. The 40 minute meeting between the two leaders was described by DMDK as a courtesy call. DMDK senior leader L K Sudheesh was also present during the meeting.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources said Swamy discussed the state’s “political scenario in general and other issues of mutual interest.” After the meeting, Swamy told reporters that “Both AIADMK and DMK are not needed and people expect a third force (to emerge).” In a post on Twitter, he said, “Today I had a meeting with Vijaykanth in Chennai. He looks healthy and slim. He is nationalist minded. Agrees to learning Hindi in TN!”The visit has taken the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit completely by surprise. It comes against the backdrop of DMDK being wooed by parties, including DMK, for an electoral alliance for next year’s assembly elections. An ally of the BJP till recently, Vijayakanth had recently had said that DMDK had no alliance with any other party. “We are not aware…we were not told…we do not know anything about this meeting of Dr Swamy with DMDK chief Vijayakanth,” BJP Tamil Nadu president Tamilisai Soundararajan told PTI.

Watch: DMDK’s Captain Vijaykanth tries yoga, what follows is hilarious

The first International Yoga Day was a lot of things — India set two new Guinness World Records for Yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined thousands at the Rajpath and performed yoga for half an hour, BJP leader Ram Madhav stirred a controversy over Vice President Hamid Ansari’s absence which backfired because it turns out Ansari was not invited in the first place! And as we saw several leaders from different parties contour themselves into various poses, DMDK chief Vijaykanth was one of them. Though he was a good sport, he may not have been able to master the art, in what looked like his first ever try at the ancient practice.

DMDK leader Vijaykanth. Image courtesy: Screengrab from the YouTube video.DMDK leader Vijaykanth. Image courtesy: Screengrab from the YouTube video.

DMDK leader Vijaykanth. Image courtesy: Screengrab from the YouTube video.

With a huge poster of him performing an asana in the background, the DMDK leader on Sunday led almost 100 party workers and showed them how it’s done. Or may be not. The video opens with a shaky Vijaykanth, wearing his trademark all-white clothing, slowly inching towards the stage where a young boy performs asanas perfectly. Vijaykanth stops to watch the young volunteer and shakes his head as if its cake walk. But when he actually tries to do the poses, he finds out the hard way, that yoga indeed needs a lot of practice.

The clueless DMDK chief is seen looking around to understand what is happening. Once he has figured which way to look, Vijaykanth takes help from a fellow volunteer and learns how to sit straight! Everything else goes down hill from there. The DMDK chief attempts a simple breathing exercise after that, but wait a minute… he doesn’t know which nostril to press and which to release. So, there is this awkward moment when he pauses to stare at his own fingers.

Speaking to The New Indian Express, Vijayakanth said, “Everyone must do yoga because it is a way to keep healthy and attain peace. I have done 108 padmasanams regularly earlier in life and this is one of the reasons for my fitness. Yoga is Peace.”

Vijaykanth is right, yoga is peaceful.But we don’t know whether what he did on stage can be called yoga at all.

Throughout the seven minute laughter-riot, the DMDK leader, flinches, winks, staggers, almost-falls and attempts teaching yoga to his 100-or-so party members. Watch the entire video here.

DMDK meet hints at continuing in NDA combine

BJP’s lead ally in Tamil Nadu, the DMDK, on Wednesday indicated it was continuing in the NDA coalition, with the party’s key decision-making bodies skipping any reference to the issue.Actor-politician Vijayakant-led Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam held meetings of its Executive and General Council here in which 23 resolutions were passed, but none, however, referred to staying in or quitting the alliance.All eyes were on the main Opposition party in state Assembly since former NDA constituent MDMK had recently quit the BJP-led alliance while another ally PMK has turned critical, with some BJP leaders like Subramanian Swamy asking it to get out of the coalition.Incidentally, no DMDK representative had reportedly met BJP national president Amit Shah during his first official visit here last month.Some leaders of DMDK, which has 29 MLAs in the state assembly, are confident of the party putting up a better show in the 2016 Assembly polls.One of the resolutions passed during the meet charged ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) with trying to get “political mileage” by criticising Centre on the issue of release of five Indian fishermen on death row in Sri Lanka for drug trafficking.However, the state Assembly had earlier lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government for securing their release, the resolution said adding, “The General Council strongly condemns it,”.On the proposed coal-bed methane project in Cauvery Delta, over which some parties had raised environmental concerns during last year’s Lok Sabha polls, the party demanded that Centre and state government should allay apprehensions of the locals and farmers on its environmental impact and take a decision only after getting people’s opinion.DMDK also urged Karnataka and Kerala, which are at loggerheads with Tamil Nadu over inter-state river water disputes, to uphold unity and sovereignty.Further, Centre should consult Tamil Nadu before granting approval to these states for any new water projects, it said.A majority of the resolutions adopted by the party flayed the ruling AIADMK on many fronts, including law and order and price issues.

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