CHENNAI: In an apparent softening of stand towards the DMK, MDMK leader Vaiko has appreciated the party’s view to seek a referendum on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and declared that his party would join with friends and oppose ‘forces against democracy and liberty’, opening the possibility of a political realignment in the State for the 2016 Assembly elections.
Referring to the DMK’s stand on the Eelam issue, Vaiko recalled that he was the first to put forward the proposal at a conference in Brussels. This stand found acceptance with ‘Kalaignar’, besides PMK leader S Ramadoss, VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan, Tamilar Desiya Munnani leader P Nedumaran and Naam Thamizhar movement leader Seeman, he said addressing the party’s State Conference at Poonamalee here on Monday. He also lauded the performance of the previous DMK government on the economic front and said the growth rate then was higher. He criticised the verbal attacks on DMK president M Karunanidhi and DMDK leader Vijayakant in the State Assembly by AIADMK members.
Vaiko, a strong critic of Karunanidhi on the Lankan Tamils issue, refrained from attacking the DMK throughout his nearly two-hour speech, amid pouring rain, as the cadre stood and listened lifting chairs to cover their heads.
While recalling his friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the MDMK leader singled out Home Minister Rajnath Singh for attack on the language issue. He accused Rajnath of trying to impose Hindi on non-Hindi states and said he would join hands with ‘friends’ based on ideology to fight for the rights of Tamil Nadu and to protect democracy in the State.