Apr 28, 2007 at 07:01pm IST

TN to seek Centre's view on Vaiko issue

New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday told the state assembly that his government would seek the Centre's views on the Congress demand for the arrest of MDMK chief Vaiko for his 'pro-LTTE' remarks.

Vaiko on Friday’s remarked that his party would continue to support the LTTE and also the MLA's demand to be parties which had supported LTTE, an outfit banned in India.

Replying to points raised by Congress MLA C Gnanasekaran, who referred to Vaiko's remarks, Karunanidhi said, "We will convey the views expressed in the assembly to the Centre and seek their views and take action".

SOLIDARITY: MDMK chief Vaiko on Friday said that his party would continue to support the LTTE.

Karunanidhi pointed out that the government's action of arresting MDMK functionary Seema Basheer recently in connection with the 'LTTE hawala' case was criticised as 'politically motivated'.

"We have to enforce law and order in the state and so arrested Basheer. But before his arrest a DMK activist was also arrested, which proved that the action was not politically motivated," as quoted by PTI, Karunanidhi said.

On the police claim that the LTTE was behind the abduction of 12 fishermen off Kanyakumari coast and responsible for the killing of four fishermen, Karunanidhi said he had not said anything on the matter before as he did not want to pass remarks in haste. "But now confirmation has come about the LTTE's role on these incidents," he said.

He said he would take up with the Centre, the issue of the safe return of the abducted fishermen, who are under the custody of the LTTE.