CHENNAI: If you want to take a photo with MDMK leader Vaiko it will cost you Rs 100. The MDMK has asked the party cadres and functionaries to pay Rs 100 for taking a picture with its leader and Rajya Sabha member. This is an effort to raise funds for the party.
The MDMK in a circular asked its party cadres and functionaries that they will have to donate a minimum of Rs 100 to the party if they want a photo with Vaiko. The party asked them not to waste money on shawls and donate money to the party instead.
In the circular the party stated that “for the attention of all party functionary friends, those wishing to take a photograph with the Party’s General Secretary will have to donate a minimum of Rs 100 to the party before doing so.”
Vaiko, a former leader of DMK, emerged out from the parent party and launched MDMK in 1994 along with a few district secretaries. Vaiko had served as DMK Rajya Sabha MP for 18 years between 1978 and 1996. He was elected as Lok Sabha MP from Sivakasi in 1998 and in 1999. After the July 18, 2019 Rajya Sabha election, he made his comeback into the RS after 23 years. Currently MDMK is aligned with the Congress-DMK alliance in the state
A supporter of LTTE, Vaiko was convicted in a sedition case in 2009. In July this year, a Special Court in Chennai sentenced him to one year in jail and Rs 10,000 fine in a sedition case registered against him.
Two weeks later, Madras High Court suspended Vaiko’s one year jail term....