DMK, PMK, VCK launch tirade against actor-politician

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Chennai, Feb 24: The ruling DMK, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) have launched a tirade against actor politician Vijayakanth for his disparaging remarks against the parties and their leaders.

Irked by some remarks made by the actor-politician, DMK President and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had threatened to file a defamation suit, while PMK and VCK leaders declared that they would not rest till they drive out the actor from the State political scene. In an interview to a Tamil weekly, Mr Vijayakanth, President of the nascent DMDK, had said Mr Karunanidhi made an indescent remark on the floor of the Assembly when Congress member Ms Ananthanayagi raised a question about Dravidar Naadu' (Separate state for Dravidians), but Mr Karunanidhi stoutly denied that any such question was raised.

Describing the entire interview as bundle of lies, false and baseless, the Chief Minister, in a legal notice served on the actor poltician, said ''such statement is not reflected in the Assembly records and therefore Mr Vijayakanth committed breach of privilege.'' Alleging that the actor had made the insulting allegations with a sole attempt to bring down his ever so venerable stature as a respected leader and a senior statesman of the nation in the eyes of public, Mr Karunanidhi demanded an unconditional apology from him, failing which he would initiate civil and criminal action.

In another interview the actor-politician ruled out any alliance with PMK and VCK, after describing them as caste based parties, only to incur the wrath of the two parties.

In a joint statement, PMK President G K Mani and VCK President Thol Thirumavalavan said the actor, ''who is in cloud nine,'' was thinking that the entire State politics revolving around him had no locus standi to say that ''we are untouchables.'' The actor had made the remarks ''as if we are kneeling before him with folded hands to have a tie up with us,'' they said, and accused the actor-politician of being in a dream world to capture power in the State.

They said the two parties had launched a campaign to retrieve the youth, who were ruining their career, going after film stars and could never think of having any alliance with a party run by an actor.

The two leaders flayed the actor for descrbing their parties as caste based without understanding the origin of the parties and the sacrifices made by the cadres to uphold social justice.

If an agitation was launched for reservation, it was not just one caste benefitted by it, but people of as many as 107 castes, they said. The two parties were functioning like a double barrel gun to ensure that the Tamils in the world did not lose their identity and rights.

Many had failed in their attempts to destroy the two parties after describing them as 'caste based', and now the actor was trying with his 'paper sword,' they said.

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