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The Congress and another DMK ally, Viduthalai Siruthaigal Katchi (VCK), are locked in a war of words which resulted in a statue of Rajiv Gandhi being garlanded with chappals in Chennai recently.

Agitated Congressmen blocked traffic in the city yesterday and today, demanding the arrest of VCK activists who they blamed for the mischief. The ruling DMK attempted a desperate balancing act to mollify the only electoral allies it has at present.

Although the police arrested two persons, Congress leaders dismissed it as a cover-up since one is a DMK member.

The VCK — a Dalit party with a vote base in northern Tamil Nadu — had started the fight, with its pro-LTTE leader Thirumavalavan demanding that the DMK sever ties with the Congress because Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was invited as guest of honour to the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

“The DMK can win the elections even without the Congress, which had collaborated with Rajapaksa in destroying Tamil homes and lives,” the VCK leader said in a magazine interview. He added that the Congress would draw a blank if it fought alone as it was used to riding on the shoulders of Dravidian parties.

Congress leaders reacted angrily, with Union home minister P. Chidambaram’s son Karti leading the counter-attack. In an interview to the same bi-weekly, Karti wondered why Thirumavalavan had been so reverential to Rajapaksa when he was the Lankan President’s guest as part of an MPs’ delegation to Colombo in 2009.

“He could have caught Rajapaksa by his collar and demanded justice for Tamils then. Instead, he only smiled and posed for photos with the President. The present posturing is aimed only at continuing to receive funds from Lankan Tamil organisations abroad,” Karti said.

Pointing out that Thirumavalavan had won his Lok Sabha seat with the support of the Congress, Karti asked if he would quit his seat and contest on his own. The VCK has one MLA and one MP from the state.

Karti also ridiculed the VCK leader’s failure to make an impression as an actor in a couple of Tamil movies. “Normally, those in films enter politics but Thirumavalavan travelled in the opposite direction with disastrous results. He resembled a security guard when he tried to portray a militant leader,” he said.

Former Union minister E.V.K.S. Elangovan argued that the Congress would not be the loser if Karunanidhi took Thirumavalavan’s advice to snap ties with the party. Karti asked if Thirumavalavan would advise the DMK chief to quit the Union government and whether Karunanidhi would accept that advice.

Congress leaders suspect that Thirumavalavan’s outburst was prompted by the DMK, which has been unable to digest the state Congress unit’s push for a respectful share of seats for the May 2011 Assembly elections. The enthusiastic response to Sonia Gandhi’s public meeting at Tiruchy on October 9 has further heightened Congress expectations of an honourable deal.

With the PMK still hovering on the sidelines, the Congress remains the only major ally of the DMK and therefore crucial to its electoral calculations. Barring 1997 and 1989, only the party that has aligned with the Congress (or its breakaway Tamil Maanila Congress, as in 1996) has won Assembly elections in the state.

The Congress calculation is that more seats in the next Assembly would force the DMK to share power in Chennai, as it has enjoyed in Delhi since 2004. So far, the DMK has refused to share power in the state, where the Congress extends outside support to the minority government.

“There was no provocation for Thirumavalavan to demand the Congress’s ouster at this stage. He has been used as a cat’s paw in the past by the DMK to test the mood in the Congress. The VCK leader’s statement and the defiling of Rajiv Gandhi’s statue has helped in uniting the state outfit which can only spell trouble for the DMK at the time of seat sharing,” a senior Congress MLA said.

Source: The Telegraph

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  • mohan Monday, 25 October 2010 09:34 PM

    no one cna stop that t nadu will become a seperate nadu because of srilanka

    Concerned Citizen Monday, 25 October 2010 12:15 PM

    What is wrong with aging spinsters??? If we can have aging bachelors!!

    Anver Monday, 25 October 2010 04:41 AM

    Incidents like this in Tamil Nadu should make all Sri Lankans unite once again to fight LTTE menace from re-emerging through TN.

    local boy Monday, 25 October 2010 04:59 AM

    now saudian will be happy. idiots

    NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Monday, 25 October 2010 05:24 AM

    Mr Became MR because of India.

    sam Monday, 25 October 2010 05:26 AM

    so funny....hehe

    22/7tin Monday, 25 October 2010 05:32 AM

    .....unity,justice,transparency.... but it seems sensitivity diminishing.

    Naren Senaratna Monday, 25 October 2010 09:02 AM

    You are absolutely right Anver ... this is ample proof that it's not over yet

    Thikshana Monday, 25 October 2010 03:05 PM

    TN Politicians are suffering from Election influenza and purging. The smell will go off after the elections. So dont pay any attention. As far as I know most of the Indians (except for some political jokers) including the people of TN have a great respect for MR and Sri Lankans.

    Gayan Monday, 25 October 2010 03:28 PM

    "TamilNadu Jokers" at work!

    patriot Tuesday, 26 October 2010 01:19 PM

    mahinda our hero.

    Tuan Mohamed Monday, 25 October 2010 10:50 AM

    Why fuss about the chief quest at closing ceremony of the commonwealth games. We in turn had to invite an Indian leader when we host the games in 2018.

    xlntgson Monday, 25 October 2010 11:11 AM

    Seeking alliances started in Tamilnadu for the state assembly election due next year; none of the political parties dare to contest alone; the ruling DMK alliance faces stiff resistance by the chances of forming an alliance of Congress with AIADMK and other parties because desperate to catch power Jayalalithaa may cede more segments to the Congress party but the Cong waits for actor turned politician, name sake Captain, Vijayakant to join the alliance while he demands Chief minister ship (!) to annoy the Opposition leader Ms. Jayalalithaa Jayaram.,she is an aging spinster, Jayaram is his father's name!

    MagodisThuma Monday, 25 October 2010 03:21 AM

    Lion is marching,while the neighbor dogs are barking !.

    Mr.Copycat Monday, 25 October 2010 03:25 AM

    MR is creating problems in India also LOL!


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