Chennai, Dec. 29: Vaiko’s MDMK today pulled out of the BJP-led coalition at the Centre, robbing A.B. Vajpayee of another Dravidian ally.
Parroting the DMK, which had walked out of the coalition a little over a week ago, the MDMK cited the BJP’s “subtle” attempts at a rapprochement with Jayalalithaa as one of the reasons for the pullout.
Another factor was the Centre’s “indifference” to the prolonged incarceration of Vaiko by the Tamil Nadu government under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
He was arrested in July last year for openly supporting the banned LTTE at a public meeting near Madurai.