Tamil Nadu

PMK should also quit NDA, says Swamy


Accusing the PMK of being pro-LTTE, Mr. Swamy tweeted that "PMK (founder S) Ramadoss should also depart from NDA."

A day after the MDMK walked out of the National Democratic Alliance in Tamil Nadu, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday suggested that another partner, the PMK, which too has been critical of the Narendra Modi government, should also leave the combine.

Mr. Swamy, who had earlier targeted MDMK chief Vaiko for flaying the government despite being in the alliance, accused the PMK of being pro-LTTE and tweeted that “PMK (founder S) Ramadoss should also depart from NDA.”

Both Mr. Swamy and another party leader H. Raja had been critical of Mr. Vaiko’s comments against the NDA on issues such as the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and move to promote Sanskrit and Hindi and had asked him to leave the alliance.

Mr. Ramadoss has been critical of BJP-led government. On Monday, he opposed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s push for making the Bhagwad Gita as the national scripture.

Mr. Vaiko quit the alliance charging the Modi government with betraying the Tamil people by working with the Sri Lankan government and pushing Hindutva agenda in Tamil Nadu.

The BJP, however, remained unfazed rejecting the MDMK’s contention that the Centre was acting against the interest of Tamils and signalled that it would not like any of its partners oppose the government.

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