THOOTHUKUDI: The DMK chose not to interfere in the rift between its key allies, the Congress and the MDMK general secretary Vaiko, who charged the Congress of committing fraud in Jammu and Kashmir by failing the people of its promise of holding a plebiscite to decide their fate.
While participating in the debate on the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kahsmir under Article 370 a few days ago at the Rajya Sabha, MDMK general secretary Vaiko, charged the Congress party of having killed democracy in Kashmir. Quoting the words of prominent Mohammed Sheik Abdullah, Vaiko also said that there was no place for friendship or gratitude in the dictionary of the Congress party.
The reaction from the Tamil Nadu Congress committee president K S Alagiri a couple of days after Vaiko's Rajya Sabha speech, dubbing Vaiko as 'a political opportunist and chameleon', generated fissures within thesecular democratic
alliance of the DMK in Tamil Nadu.
This further intensified as veteran Congress leader EVKS Elangovan stating that Vaiko became a Rajya Sabha member with the support of Congress MLAs, and Vaiko hitting back that DMK MLAs voted him to the Rajya Sabha, and added that he never had sought Congress support to become an MP and will never seek Congress support in future too.
The DMK, however, remains indifferent towards the ongoing strife that according to the state deputy president of Backward Class wing of the Congress, advocate T Kamaraj, may be detrimental to the secular progressive alliance.
Responding to mediapersons in her constituency on Saturday, DMK women's wing secretary and Thoothukudi MP Kanimozhi, said that she did not sense any such problem between the Congress and MDMK, which according to a Congress functionary here, is the DMK's escape tactics as it has no other means to settle the issue amicably....