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To gain ground in state, MDMK quits NDA, cites differences

To gain ground on the state front, Vaiko-led MDMK on Monday snapped ties with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, reportedly after PM Narendra Modi’s friendlier approach towards the Sri Lankan government.

Vaiko, who is allegedly known as the sympathiser of Sri Lankan Tamils who fought on behalf of LTTE, was angry over several issues with the NDA government including India’s increased concern over Sri Lankan issues, hidden Hindutva agenda, for not making the files of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose public, issues over Mullaperiyar dam etc.

Vaiko was one of the entrants to the BJP-led NDA coalition in the state during the Lok Sabha polls. However, the party has performed horribly and failed to win a single seat. Vaiko himself lost the Virudhunagar seat to AIADMK’s candidate. BJP’s pre-poll alliance with the DMDK, PMK, MDMK, KMDK, IJK and NJP raked in 19% of the votes polled and the coalition picked up only two Lok Sabha seats.
With losing ground in the state front and in an attempt to reorganize the party for the 2016 assembly Election in Tamil Nadu, Vaiko has decided to stay away from the NDA, to woo the voters through en-cashing Tamil sentiments by raising their plight in Sri Lanka.

Vaiko alleged that the Modi government has been acting against the interest of Tamils. In the morning, a meeting of the party’s parliamentary board and high-level committee held in Chennai to discuss whether the MDMK should continue in the NDA. The meeting passed a resolution for snapping ties with the BJP.

“BJP government had not taken care of the people’s needs of Tamil Nadu. It alleged that the BJP government had given permission to review safety aspects of the Mullaperiyar dam and Cauvery water issue,” the resolution reads.

It also condemned Modi for wishing Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa victory in the elections in that country. It also said Modi government was silent on Subramanaian Swamy’s proposal for Bharat Ratna for Rajapaksa. It said the Centre had been secretly doing all the facilities for Rajapaksa to visit Tirupati on December 9.

“MDMK had always stressed that India should not support Sri Lanka. During the alliance formation, all the BJP leaders including Modi had then accepted it,” the resolution added.

Claiming that the release of five death-row fishermen from Sri Lankan jail as ‘drama,’ Vaiko said, the NDA government has failed to solve the fishermen issue with no compensation given to them.

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