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MDMK's ties with AIADMK will continue, avers Vaiko

FIRM IN HIS RESOLVE: MDMK general secretary Vaiko addressing party workers before the start of the district secretaries meeting at the party headquarters in Chennai on Monday. Photo: K. Pichumani

FIRM IN HIS RESOLVE: MDMK general secretary Vaiko addressing party workers before the start of the district secretaries meeting at the party headquarters in Chennai on Monday. Photo: K. Pichumani  



Special Correspondent

Two rebel leaders stay away from meeting called by him

CHENNAI: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko on Monday asserted that the party's ties and fraternity with the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam would grow from strength to strength.

He said almost all MDMK district secretaries and State-level functionaries had attended a meeting called by him and demonstrated their support to the leadership. Rebel leaders - chairman of the presidium L. Ganesan and deputy general secretary Gingee N. Ramachandran - stayed away from the meeting presided over by him as per the rule 19 (5) of the party by-laws.

Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the meeting, Mr. Vaiko said the party's general council meeting would be held in Chennai on January 10, 2007. The district secretaries had been asked to convene district council meetings on December 28. The regional conference would be held in Coimbatore on February 1, 2007.

Out of the 36 district secretaries, 32 attended the meeting held at `Thayagam', the party headquarters, Mr.Vaiko said. Nine of the 11 high-level committee members participated.

Of the 11 members of the political advisory committee, six attended the meeting. Except the secretary of the Tiruvarur district unit, all the other functionaries including the secretaries of the Nilgiris, Coimbatore (rural) and Krishnagiri districts, who could not make it, had informed the leadership that they would abide by the decisions taken at the meeting.

"Strategy evolved"

A three-pronged strategy was worked out to destroy the MDMK after Mr. Ganesan and Mr. Ramachandran called on Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi last month, Mr. Vaiko alleged.

Forcing the MDMK to sever its ties with the AIADMK, launching a false propaganda within the party that it had no political future and claiming that the two rebel leaders alone were the real representatives of the party, so that it could be ultimately merged with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, were the components of the strategy.

MDMK activists, including a Lok Sabha Member had refused to desert the party, Mr.Vaiko said, adding that an orchestrated campaign that he had lost his charisma and become too weak to lead the party also did not evoke any response among party leaders. He denied that his family members and relatives had been influencing the party's political decisions.

The "plot" to disrupt the MDMK meeting in Chennai was abandoned, thanks to his letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance Sonia Gandhi, he said.

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