TAMIL NADU

Swamy hails decision to arrest Vaiko

CHENNAI JULY 3. The Janata Party has welcomed the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa's decision to arrest the MDMK general secretary, Vaiko, under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for his reported pro-LTTE statements at Thirumangalam near Madurai.

In a statement from the U.S., the party president, Subramanian Swamy, said as a Member of Parliament, Mr. Vaiko flouted the very law passed with his vote.

The LTTE was notified as a terrorist organisation and banned under the POTA, Dr. Swamy said. Mr. Vaiko's utterances were not only ``despicable and traitorous'', they were also an affront to Parliament.

Dr. Swamy appealed to the AIADMK MPs to complain to the Lok Sabha Speaker seeking to punish Mr. Vaiko for breach of ethics of the Lok Sabha.

Ms. Jayalalithaa should not wait for the Centre's concurrence to take action against the MDMK leader. He commended the Chief Minister for "getting the Centre to ban the TNLA and the TNRT".

In a separate release, the Congress leader, Vazhapadi K. Ramamurthy extended support to Ms. Jayalalithaa's efforts to rid the State of terrorists and their supporters.

Congratulating the Chief Minister for making the announcement, Mr. Ramamurthy warned the PMK founder, Ramadoss, against supporting the LTTE.

Undemocratic, says Nedumaran

Our Coimbatore Staff Reporter reports

The Tamil National Movement president , P. Nedumaran, today termed undemocratic the Government's "intention'' to arrest Mr. Vaiko. "I do not know what the motive is,'' he told presspersons here.

Referring to the pro-LTTE speeches by Mr. Vaiko, he said support to Sri Lankan Tamils should not be misconstrued as support for extremism.

"However, the LTTE is the only organisation that championed the cause of Tamils there''.

He said talks with the LTTE should not be seen as supporting the organisation.

"The Norwegian envoys are holding talks with the LTTE for peace. The Indian Government also engages northeastern extremist outfits in talks,'' he said.

"In the event of an accord and the Sri Lankan Government failing to implement it, India should intervene to ensure its implementation.''

On the Centre banning the Tamil Nadu Liberation Army and the Tamil National Retrieval Troops, he asked, "What is the point in banning defunct organisations.''

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