A meeting between Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) chief Thol Thirumavalavan and Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) leader Vijayakant set the rumour mills running on Sunday with speculation about a political realignment in the State doing the rounds.
However, Thirumavalavan dismissed any political agenda and said the meet was purely for discussing the recent violence against Dalits in Marakkanam.
The meeting with Vijayakant, at the DMDK’s office in Koyambedu, came a day after Thirumavalavan met DMK chief M Karunanidhi to explain the situation prevailing in the northern districts of the state and the alleged anti-Dalit campaign initiated by the PMK. The VCK is an ally of the DMK.
Speaking to Express, the VCK leader said the PMK had declared an all out “civil war” against the Dalits. Its founder, S Ramadoss, had heaped criticism against political leaders in the State and had addressed them in “first person singular”, forgetting “political decency”.
Thirumavalavan said he explained to Vijayakant the string of violence instigated against the Dalits since the PMK’s Mamallapuram meet last week and sought his cooperation in uniting democratic forces against the alleged “hate campaign”.
“There is no political agenda to this meeting. In fact, I have also met CPI leader Nallakannu and presented the same views. There is more than politics at stake here,” the Chidambaram MP said.
Later, Vijayakant said in a statement that his party under no circumstances would support those who instigate caste clashes. Not just those who indulged in violence in Villupuram, action should be initiated against everyone who instigated the violence as well, Vijayakant said.
Thirumavalavan also invited Vijayakant for a social harmony conference to be held by the VCK on May 4.