Vaiko reaffirms ties with AIADMK; despite supporting LTTE

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Chennai, Nov 5: Marumalarchi DMK (MDMK) General Secretary Vaiko today said his party will remain in the AIADMK-led alliance, even while supporting the outlawed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Reacting to Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) President K Veeramani's suggestion that the MDMK should walk out of the AIADMK-led alliance in view of the latter's anti-LTTE stand, Mr Vaiko said the party would remain with the AIADMK, without making any compromise on its policies and ideologies.

The MDMK would not make any compromise on its basic principles, policies and ideologies and at the same time, would continue its ties with the AIADMK to oppose the DMK Government in the State, he said.

Mr Veeramani had asked the MDMK to walk out of the AIADMK-led alliance after its leader J Jayalalithaa, took exception to Chief Minister M Karunanidhi condoling the death of LTTE Political Wing Chief S P Thamilselvan on November 2.

The MDMK leader was first to condole the death of the rebel leader and condemned the Sri Lankan Government for carrying out theoffensive in Tamil areas.

On Mr Veeramani's outburst against the AIADMK leader, Mr Vaiko asked why he had maintained silence when the Congress legislators demanded his arrest and ban on his party for supporting Tamil Eelam and the LTTE last year.

He wanted to know whether Mr Veeramani would advise the DMK to severe its ties with the Congress for the latter saying that it would neither ''forget nor forgive'' the LTTE.

Mr Vaiko also asked as why the DK leader, a staunch supporter of the LTTE had not come forward to condemn the arrest of MDMK functionaries Seema Basheer and Manimaran for supporting the LTTE.

Mr Vaiko alleged that the Indian Government was betraying the Tamils in Sri Lanka, by supplying radars and other military equipment to the island nation's armed forces to carry out their genocide of the ethnic Tamils.

The Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre was not even allowing the International Red Cross to distribute food and medicines to the Tamils in the war-ravaged areas in the island, he lamented.


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