"Kitchen cabinet has emerged in MDMK"

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Gingee N. Ramachandran, deputy general secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, who, along with chairman of the presidium L.Ganesan have demanded that their party should snap ties with the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, on Monday said their future course of action would be decided at the general council meeting called by them at Salem on December 29.

He told reporters here that he had been opposing the "inconsistent" electoral strategy of the MDMK for the last three Lok Sabha and Assembly elections on the ground that it had tarnished the image of the party and of general secretary Vaiko in particular.

He and Mr. Ganesan decided not to attend the meeting in Chennai in view of Mr.Vaiko's allegation that they were planning to disrupt the meeting. Mr. Ramachandran denied that he and Mr. Ganesan had criticised Mr.Vaiko, as they were not inducted into the Union Ministry. They had been opposing the MDMK's ties with the AIADMK, as the party had differences on various issues including the Sri Lanka Tamils' issue.

Though the MDMK was founded to provide an alternative to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and AIADMK, it had failed to fulfil the expectations of the people and the party workers.

He flayed Mr.Vaiko for writing to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance Sonia Gandhi on "inner-party issues." He alleged that a "kitchen cabinet" had emerged in the MDMK and was influencing the party's decisions.

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