Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president K.V. Thangkabalu has wanted the Central and State governments to take appropriate action against those who were openly supporting banned organisations in the State. "They should be subjected to the law of the land and should not be allowed to go scot-free."

Addressing media persons here on Friday, Mr. Thangkabalu said the supporters of the banned organisations had no other issues and had, out of frustration, taken up this matter to get political mileage. They would not succeed in their attempt as people in the State had already rejected them in the previous elections.

When newsmen asked him whether he wanted action against the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal leader Thol. Tirumavalavan also, - as he had organised a meeting in Chennai recently in support of the banned organisation (LTTE) - Mr. Thangkabalu said it was not the question of any individual but more of the integrity of the country. "Whoever violated the law of the land should be punished."

The TNCC chief said the victory of the Democratic Progressive Alliance candidates in the by-elections had proved that the people had reposed their faith in the Central and State governments and endorsed the governments’ policies and programmes. They had completely rejected the Communist parties and the Opposition parties’ call to boycott the elections, he added.

Party workers celebrated the victory by bursting crackers at the party headquarters, Satyamurthi Bhavan.