CHENNAI: Though Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) is a part of the DMK-led alliance, the party will not compromise its ideology on the Eelam Tamils issue, said VCK president Thol Thirumavalavan here on Monday.
“Unarmed tigers of VCK from Tamil Nadu will continue their struggle for Tamil Eelam,” he said to a rousing applause of the thousands of party cadre who gathered for ‘Yelum Tamil Eelam’ conference organised on his 48th birthday which was being observed as 'Tamil Eluchi Naal' (Tamil uprising day).
Struggle against caste oppression and fight for the rights of global Tamils are the two policies VCK stands for, he said reiterating that the conference was a proof of their commitment to the two causes.
Driving home the point that his demand for a white paper on Indian government’s support to Sri Lanka during the ethnic war was not being fulfilled, he asked as to how the party’s stand on Eelam Tamils issue could be called anti-national?
“We are committed to the Indian sovereignty and integrity,” he said adding that VCK would not be a mute spectator when innocent Tamils were being killed.
Referring to a series of self-immolations in the State which started with one Muthukumar of Kolathur, whom he defined as a “black tiger” Thirumavalavan said that only the VCK cadre sacrificed their lives for the Tamil cause, while other parties were either reluctant or scared to even speak for the suffering Tamils brethren of Sri Lanka.
Separate Eelam was the only safeguard for the Tamils, he underpinned and said, “Prabhakaran will return and continue the war.”
Taking a dig at PMK, he said that it was popularly said that only an alliance including PMK would win polls, but it has proved wrong in the recently ended Lok Sabha polls.
blood donation delayed: VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan dismayed his partymen by delaying a blood donation camp for hours together, which was organised as part of his birthday celebrations at M C Raja Men’s Hostel in Saidapet on Monday.
Though the VCK leader was slated to inaugurate the camp at 9 am as mentioned in the invitation, was late for over three hours.
When this reporter enquired about the arrival of Thirumavalavn, second level party leaders claimed that the former was on his way and will reach at any moment. One person said, the VCK leader was rushing, after he was informed that media persons were waiting for him. But, there was no sign for over three hours. After he reached the hostel at around 12.30 pm, 48 students from different colleges donated blood marking the 48th birthday of Thirumavalavan.