Legal Correspondent

Candidate to be finalised after talks
Chennai airport will not be privatised

New Delhi/Chennai: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said that there was time for choosing a Vice-President.

Asked whether he would continue to undertake the same efforts in the choice of a candidate for the post of Vice-President, he said “this election is only in August. We will think over it and again sit together for talks and finalise the candidate.” Asked whether anyone from Tamil Nadu would be suggested for Vice-Presidentship, he said “an Indian will become the Vice-President.”

‘Sivaji’ film

Asked to comment on actor Rajnikanth’s new Tamil film ‘Sivaji’ (which he has seen it), Mr. Karunanidhi said “it is very good.” Asked about Kalaignar TV purchasing the rights of ‘Sivaji’ and other films as a competitor to Sun TV, he said, “Kalaignar TV is like any other television channel, just like many newspapers in the field.”

Asked about his views on the invitation extended to Mr. Rajnikanth by former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to join Third Front, he said, “It is between the person who has invited and the person to whom the invitation is extended.”

Later in Chennai, he said that he would continue to urge the Centre to initiate the process of linking of all the rivers in the country.

He reiterated his stand that the Chennai airport would not be privatised.

Replying to queries on the efforts made by some regional parties to form a third front at the national-level, he said, “If these parties think that such front can be formed, how can we oppose it.”

“Rules violated”

To a question on the High Court’s directive to initiate action against former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, he said now it had been exposed that she had committed violations of rules, that too knowingly. “We hope at least in the wake of the High Court ruling, the Election Commission will not hesitate to take action.”

The EC, which had been insisting that candidates and political parties should follow the model code, also had the responsibility to uphold honesty and integrity, he said.