TAMIL NADU

MDMK leaders meet PM

New Delhi Oct. 22. Two MDMK leaders today met the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and thanked him for the Government move to bring in an ordinance vesting statutory powers with the Central POTA Review Committee, headed by Justice Arun Saharya, to make its decisions binding on the Union and State Governments.

The Union Minister, Gingee Ramachandran, and the MDMK presidium chairman, L. Ganesan, told reporters that while thanking him for the ordinance, the party leaders requested Mr. Vajpayee that the review of the cases against their leader, Vaiko, and eight other partymen, detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act since July last year, be expedited. Mr. Vaiko was the first politician to become ``a casualty to POTA misuse'' by the Tamil Nadu Government.

The MDMK leaders said they also met Mr. Justice Saharya and pleaded for early review of Mr. Vaiko's case.

Asked whether the party would extend moral support for the December 1 DMK agitation against the POTA, they said a decision would be taken after consultations with Mr. Vaiko.

They said there was no change in the relations between the MDMK and the BJP.

To another question whether the MDMK would continue to support the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Mr. Ganesan said ``this is irrelevant and I am not willing to give an answer."

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