Tamil Nadu

Vaiko condemns Raja, Swamy

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko has criticised Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Subramanian Swamy and H. Raja for their comments against his party and him. Speaking to journalists at the Coimbatore airport on Tuesday morning, Mr. Vaiko said that it was quite unfortunate that Mr. Raja had issued threats and thereby brought down the level of political discourse in the state.

In the past he (Mr. Raja) had criticised the Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, AIADMK leader M.G. Ramachandran, DMK president M. Karunanidhi and other leaders but none had stooped to such levels, Mr. Vaiko said.

Mr. Raja's speech had invited criticism from other political leaders as well and Mr. Vaiko said he was thankful to them. He said he did not want to react any further and had in fact asked his cadre to not even burn in effigy the BJP leader, for he was too small for even such protest.

The MDMK leader also took on Mr. Swamy saying that his tweets and statements suggesting that MDMK exit NDA and on his intention to move to Supreme Court to cancel Jayalalithaa's bail if the State Government did not take action against his party cadre were simply absurd.

The talk to ban his party for its support to LTTE was also uncalled for, Mr. Vaiko said, pointing out that in 1998 BJP leaders Atal Behari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani invited him into the NDA fold after knowing fully well that he supported the Eelam cause and the LTTE. What had changed since then, he asked.

The MDMK leader added that the BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have condemned the two BJP leaders' statements and their failing to do so was unfortunate.

Mr. Vaiko will hold a public meeting here later in the evening.

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