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Tamil Nadu: Setback to Vaiko’s MDMK as two senior functionaries quit party

Vaiko categorically stated at a party meet in Tirupur that his party would not forge an electoral pact with either AIADMK or DMK.

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In a significant setback to MDMK, two senior functionaries on Friday quit the outfit alleging that party chief Vaiko had taken a unilateral stance in connection with forging an alliance for next year’s Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. Party treasurer and senior leader, R Masilamani resigned from his post and primary membership. Madurai Rural District Secretary, P Saravanan too tendered his resignation. The development assumes significance as only yesterday Salem District Secretary Thamaraikannan and party women’s wing secretary Kumari Vijayakumar quit the party to join DMK in the presence of party chief Karunanidhi. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Last week, Kancheepuram district secretary Palavakkam Somu too had switched allegiance to DMK. Vaiko, however, put up a brave face, stating that party workers were with him and that only those who had expectations and had held posts had quit “I am happy if their expectations get fulfilled now,” he told reporters at nearby Mamallapuram. Saravanan did not, however, buy Vaiko’s argument, whom he accused of taking unilateral decisions. “He has been taking unilateral decisions without consulting district secretaries, functionaries and workers,” he said.”Only two months back he told us that the we could fight polls alongside the DMK and he changed his stance soon after,” he said. “He now says that the party will face polls by leading the five-party People’s Welfare Front. This won’t succeed and retaining deposits itself will not happen anywhere, leave alone winning,” he said. “We told him that the party should align with one of the two big parties (AIADMK and DMK) of the state,” he added.On September 15, Vaiko categorically stated at a party meet in Tirupur that his party would not forge an electoral pact with either AIADMK or DMK. He had said that the party would face polls alongside CPI, CPI(M), and VCK and also try to rope in the MMK which are part of the People’s Welfare Front. The five party combine PWF was a recent initiative of these parties to “fight for the people’s issues and anti-people central and state policies.”Masilamani, meanwhile, told reporters in Villupuram district that he was shocked by the announcement made by Vaiko in the Tirupur conference about the election alliance and confirmed he has resigned from the primary membership.Though the duo have not disclosed their future moves, it is expected that they may join DMK following other colleagues who had quit just ahead of them.

MDMK and PMK oppose India gifting away Coast Guard ship to Sri Lanka

Alleging that the ship was “used for killing Tamils in Sri Lanka”, he claimed “the vessel is an evidence of the use of Indian Navy to finish off the Sea Tigers by Sri Lankan Naval forces.”
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Opposing the gifting away of a Indian Coast Guard ship to Sri Lanka, MDMK chief Vaiko on Sunday said it was a “betrayal” of Eelam Tamils and Tamil Nadu fishermen.Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Varaha’ was gited to Sri Lanka on August 27 in Colombo. The ship was in the service of the island nation since 2006 and it was rechristened ‘Sagara’ by Sri Lanka. It was formally handed over at a ceremonial function in the presence of Indian and Sri Lankan top officials, according to the island nation’s official website.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Referring to the hand over, Vaiko said “this is an unforgivable betrayal of Eelam Tamils and Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Indian government.”Alleging that the ship was “used for killing Tamils in Sri Lanka”, he claimed “the vessel is an evidence of the use of Indian Navy to finish off the Sea Tigers by Sri Lankan Naval forces.”Accusing the UPA-I and its constituent parties from Tamil Nadu the DMK and PMK of being responsible for the large scale killings of Tamils during the 2009 war, he accused the Indian goverment of continuing to work against the interests of Tamils.Opposing the gifting of ship which he termed “unacceptable,” PMK chief Ramadoss said “the ship is going to be used against Tamil Nadu fishermen.” Toeing Vaiko’s line in his accusation, he said “Sri Lanka used this ship to kill Eelam Tamils (during the 2009 war).””Sri Lanka is never going to be of help in India’s defence,” he said here in a press release and wanted the Centre to take back all three ships gifted so far to Sri Lanka including ‘Varaha.’

Chittoor encounter: Vaiko en route to Andhra Pradesh detained with supporters by police

Preventing MDMK chief Vaiko from undertaking his proposed protest in neigbouring Andhra Pradesh against the recent encounter deaths

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Preventing MDMK chief Vaiko from undertaking his proposed protest in neigbouring Andhra Pradesh against the recent encounter deaths, Tamil Nadu police today detained him and about 1,000 of his supporters while they were on their way to Chittoor.”I demand the immediate arrest and slapping of murder charges against police officials responsible for the fake encounter and killing of 20 Tamils,” Vaiko said.Demanding probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge on the issue, he sought adequate compensation to the families of 20 woodcutters killed in the encounter which he termed as “fake”.He was detained along with over 1,000 party activists before he could proceed by road to Chittoor, 36 km from here in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. They were lodged in a hall and are likely to be released after some time, police said.