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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

MDMK splits, Vaiko suffers a set back

By M Rama Rao reporting from Delhi

New Delhi, 30 December ( Marumalarchi Dravida Munnethra Kazhagam, founded by Vaiko after breaking away from DMK, the mother party to many of today's' Dravidian politicians, has suffered a formal split on Friday signaling the downfall of firebrand Vaiko.

L Ganesan and Gingee N Ramachandran, the two dissidents, who were stripped off their party posts by Vaiko last week, turned the tables on Vaiko at a special General Council meeting they had convened in Chennai on Friday. The meeting passed a resolution expelling Vaiko from the party.

MDMK has four law makers in Parliament. Ganesan and Gingee will form a separate block henceforth. Vaiko accuses them of engineering the split at the behest of DMK and he has charged the DMK with offering monetary inducements to them. Both the dissidents and DMK have refuted the charge. DMK supreme has even threatened Vaiko with defamation suit even as he shot off a letter to Sonia Gandhi, UPA chairperson and Manmohan Singh, PM to 'apprise' them of a conspiracy to defame him.

Political analysts attribute Vaiko's troubles to what they call his fall from the good books of LTTE. These commentators claim that the Tigers are distancing themselves from him as 'they don't find him that much helpful'.

Sources close to the MDMK here have rejected these views and dubbed it as wild imagination of arm chair theoreticians. Vaiko has not helped his case by his alliance politics that sees him move with dexterity from DMK to AIADMK even after a public spat with Jayalalithaa. Also his flip-flops and unpredictability which sees him at loggers head with Karunanidhi in Chennai but in a friendly embrace with UPA of which DMK is a constituent. Now there is a talk that MDMK will merge with AIADMK.

Vaiko Defence

Like any politician who blames the media when in trouble; Vaiko on Friday blamed the media. He termed as exaggerated his remarks in a section of the press about his fax message to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi about a conspiracy against his party. 'The report has exaggerated my version, adding certain utterances which I have not told the media', he said in Chennai and accused the DMK with trying to gain political advantage through the reports.

He said he told the media that he had sent fax messages to Prime Minister and UPA chief about a DMK conspiracy to create trouble in his party.

'I understand the fax message has been placed before the Prime Minister and Soniaji. I presume that they do not relish such activities to damage our party. The conspired plan to attack and capture our party headquarters has been dropped, maybe some message from Delhi might have prevented such a move," Vaiko was quoted as telling reporters in media dispatches from Chennai.

-Asian Tribune -

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