Ramadoss lashes out at DK leader Veeramani on RS seat issue

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Chennai, Mar 8 (UNI) Describing the imbroglio over seat-sharing for the ensuing Rajya Sabha polls between PMK and the ruling DMK as an issue between two friendly parties, PMK Founder leader S Ramadoss today had a dig at Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) President K Veeramani for ''unnecessarily poking his nose'' into the issue.

In a hard-hitting statement here, he said the PMK seeking an RS seat, was a political issue between the DMK and his party and Mr Veeramani has no locus standi to intervene in it.

''Veeramani's diatribe against PMK was akin to throwing a stone by sitting inside a glass room,'' he said and pointed out that Dravidar Kazhagam was a social movement and not a political party.

''It is a movement formed by Periyar to propogate the ideals of self-respect, rationalism, humanity and equality. If there are any differences on this ground between me and DMK President M Karunanidhi, then there is nothing wrong in Mr Veeramani interfering in it,'' he said.

''But in a political issue between the two parties, by acting as an agent and singing the peans of those in power, is not good and Mr Veeramani should stop indulging in such acts'', he charged.

After proclaiming that DK was a social movement and not a political party and violating it was unwarranted and amounted to crossing the limits, Dr Ramadoss said and accused Mr Veeramani of bertraying the ideologies of Periyar and the DK movement started by him.

Dr Ramadoss said the PMK, which has 18 members in Tamil Nadu Assembly, has sought a seat, to which Mr Karunanidhi had said that Congress has the right to make such a demand and that PMK did not have the chance to claim now, was an issue between two friendly parties in a coalition set up.

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