The DMDK leader says he was provoked at Chennai airport

Describing the meeting of his party MLAs with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa as a “drama (being enacted),” Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam founder Vijayakanth, said that he would script its climax.

Addressing a meeting organised by his party to celebrate Bakrid near the mosque at Goripalayam here on Saturday, Mr. Vijayakanth said that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam had just followed what the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam had done in the past. “People know the fate the DMK had to face (in the Assembly elections),” he said adding that he knew how and when to bring about the climax of the drama. “I am happy that DMDK has seen such a huge growth that its MLAs are being poached. It shows that they fear us,” Mr. Vijayakanth said.

Stating that he was not bothered about the four MLAs, he said his strength was his party cadre and the people of Tamil Nadu.

Recalling that the MLAs had claimed that they had met the Chief Minister seeking development works in their constituencies, he said that the government had not met those demands despite repeated reminders in the last 18 months. “People should watch whether those works are implemented from now on,” he said.

Clarifying the incident that happened at Chennai airport on Saturday, Mr. Vijayakanth said that he walked towards media persons carrying microphones and camera in the morning. “Even as I was telling them that they (media) should ask the Chief Minister about the dengue and power situation in Tamil Nadu, somebody pulled my hand. Being familiar with the journalists, I found this person to be a stranger and asked him to leave my hand,” he said.

Admitting that he had uttered some words in anger, Mr. Vijayakanth said that it was only because he was provoked by that stranger. “A section of the media has been deliberately projecting the issue with a slant, whereas the truth is something else,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Premalatha Vijayakanth said that family members were not dominating in the party. “None of the family members was given a seat to contest in the Assembly election. Only those who had a long-term relationship with him (Vijayakanth) and those who had been with the (Vijayakanth) fan clubs were allowed to contest.

“Those who have met the Chief Minister have gone there with a selfish motive, to make money and to protect themselves and not in the interest of people of their constituencies,” she said.

The party’s labour wing functionary, S. Mujibur Raghuman, and urban district secretary R. Aravindan were among those who were present.