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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

Vaiko takes on DMK, gets ticked off, Treads carefully on MDMK troubles

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

New Delhi, 26 December ( The MDMK chief Vaiko surprised his faithful at the beginning of his district secretaries meeting at Theni on Monday by two actions which speak as much for his urge to tread carefully on intraparty matters as his streak of recklessness.

He has not expelled his two detractors Gingee Ramachandran and L Ganesan, who did not attend the Theni meeting but called a general council meeting of the party at Salem on December 29. Both have secured a stay from the High Court on Vaiko's decision to strip them of their party posts on Saturday.

Vaiko received a shot in the arm at the meeting when all but one of the 36 district secretaries cast their lot with him.

He accused the dissident leaders of acting under the instructions of the DMK Chief M Karunanidhi. He took his case to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and in identical letters to them he accused the DMK of planning 'terrific damage' to his party.

The allegation invited a sharp rebuttal from the DMK leaders who have threatened to slap a defamation suit against him.

"Vaiko's charge is an utter lie. It is aimed at defaming the DMK", Arcot N Veerasamy, party treasurer and state Minister, told reporters in Chennai. He said the DMK would file a case against Vaiko and the news papers which published his allegations.

In his letters to Singh and Sonia, Vaiko, quoting 'very reliable sources', the had charged DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi with hatching a conspiracy with Ganesan and Gingee 'to tarnish the image and credibility of MDMK'.

-Asian Tribune -

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