MDMK

  • Tamil parties oppose Sanskrit week celebration, accuse Centre of promoting RSS agenda July 17, 2014

    Chennai: The DMK has opposed the Central Board of Secondary School Education (CBSE) Sanskrit week celebration saying that all classical languages should be promoted, not just Sanskrit. The DMK has argued that Sanskrit is not a common man's language and the BJP is trying to promote the RSS agenda. In...
  • MDMK chief Vaiko condemns Centre's order to celebrate Sanskrit week July 17, 2014

    Chennai: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko has condemned celebration of Sanskrit week in CBSE schools. He voiced his opposition after the Centre recently ordered celebration of Sanskrit week to promote the language. Vaiko said that only one language should not be promoted as it will affect the national...
  • Vaiko appeals to PM to constitute Cauvery Management Board June 15, 2014

    Chennai: BJP ally Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) on Sunday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to constitute Cauvery Management Board, saying it was the 'duty' of the Centre to do so. Party chief Vaiko in a letter to Modi said there "is no rationale on the part of the Karnataka...
  • Delhi: MDMK's Vaiko protests against Rajapaksa, detained for defying prohibitory orders May 26, 2014

    New Delhi: MDMK chief Vaiko along with around 100 supporters have been detained for defying prohibitory orders after he held a protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony. Vaiko along with his supporters broke a barricade and tried to move out of Jantar...
  • Jaya not to attend Modi's swearing-in, won't send any representative too May 25, 2014

    New Delhi: To mark her protest against the presence of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will skip the swearing-in of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi on Monday. Sources also say that she will not be sending any representative for the event as well. Meanwhile, Tamil students...
  • MDMK chief Vaiko to hold black flag protest against Rajapaksa in Delhi May 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko, an important all of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Tamil Nadu, will hold a black flag demonstration against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Delhi on Monday. Rajapaksa will be in Delhi on Monday to attend Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's oath-taking ceremony...
  • Vaiko denounces Modi's invitation to Rajapaksa for his swearing-in May 23, 2014

    MDMK general secretary and founder V Gopalsamy alias Vaiko, an NDA ally, opposed Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's decision to invite Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse for his swearing-in on May 26. "I urge everyone to avoid the presence of 'butcher' of Tamils," he said. ...
  • BJP ally Vaiko opposes Rajapaksa's presence at PM Modi's swearing-in May 23, 2014

    Chennai: The controversy over the invitation to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony on May 26 continues. BJP ally MDMK chief Vaiko has opposed invitation to Mahinda Rajapaksa. Vaiko said, "At this juncture if Rajapaksa is invited, whose hands are stained with the blood of...
  • Jaya may skip Modi's oath taking event over invite to Lankan President May 22, 2014

    Chennai: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent out invitation Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend his swearing-in ceremony, sources say that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa may give the event a miss. BJP's ally MDMK on Wednesday had also opposed the participation of the Sri Lankan President...
  • Tough battle for key players in TN, Jaya eyes kingmaker role April 23, 2014

    Chennai: As Tamil Nadu gears up for Lok Sabha elections on April 24, the campaign across the state reached a fever pitch. With 39 seats in Tamil Nadu plus the lone seat in Puducherry up for grabs, parties across the political spectrum were out on the streets raising one last...
  • Tamil Nadu: Modi expected to campaign at three places for LS polls April 10, 2014

    BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is expected to campaign at three places in Tamil Nadu for the April 24 parliamentary polls. Modi would most probably campaign at Chennai, Virudhunagar and Salem as the BJP leadership is yet to finalise his itinerary in the state, party sources said. BJP's alliance partners like...
  • LS polls: Vaiko faces stiff challenge in Virudhunagar April 7, 2014

    Known for its fireworks and printing units, Virudhunagar Lok Sabha constituency in southern Tamil Nadu is witnessing an absorbing battle of ballot in a five-cornered contest featuring among others Vaiko of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK). A two-time MP, Vaiko, defeated in 2009 by a margin of 15,764 votes by Congress...
  • LS polls: MDMK to support PMK in Puducherry April 6, 2014

    MDMK General Secretary Vaiko on Sunday said his party would support PMK nominee RKR Anantharaman in the Lok Sabha elections in Puducherry. "I urge partymen to work wholeheartedly for the victory of the PMK candidate," he said in a release in Chennai. An ally of BJP, MDMK's support comes against the background...
  • By meeting Imam, Sonia Gandhi committed 'blunder': Jethmalani April 5, 2014

    Senior Supreme Court advocate Ram Jethmalani on Saturday said Congress President Sonia Gandhi had committed a "blunder" by meeting Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari. Talking to reporters in Madurai, he said Congress spoke about secularism and seek support of Muslim clerics for votes. The party had been following...
  • Tamil Nadu: Stones thrown at Anbumani Ramadoss' convoy April 4, 2014

    Dharmapuri: Former union health minister and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss' convoy was attacked in Dharmapuri by unknown persons who threw stones at his vehicle. Following the incident, PMK cadres staged a protest. The incident comes a week after an FIR was registered against Anbumani Ramadoss for inciting caste enmity. Ambumani...
  • Tamil Nadu tracker: AIADMK 15-21 seats, DMK 10-16, BJP alliance 6-10 April 1, 2014

    The ruling AIADMK led by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa continues her lead in Tamil Nadu. According to CNN-IBN-CSDS-Lokniti-The Week national election tracker the AIADMK is projected to win 15-21 seats in the Lok Sabha elections according to the projections by Chennai Mathematical Institute Director Rajeeva Karandikar. The main rival DMK is...
  • Vaiko meets Alagiri, seeks support for LS polls March 23, 2014

    Firebrand MDMK founder Vaiko met suspended DMK leader MK Alagiri on Sunday and sought his support in the coming general elections. The meeting between the two leaders at Alagiri's place in Madurai lasted around 45 minutes. Some time back, the 63-year-old Alagiri had met BJP president Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. Later,...
  • Vaiko meets Alagiri at his residence, seeks support for LS polls March 23, 2014

    Chennai: In what could be a major political development in Tamil Nadu politics, MDMK general secretary Vaiko met suspended DMK leader MK Alagiri at his residence in Madurai on Sunday. Meeting between the two leaders holds significance as it comes days after the MDMK became a part of the BJP-led NDA...
  • MDMK chief Vaiko promises lifting ban on LTTE March 22, 2014

    Chennai: The MDMK led by pro-LTTE leader Vaiko has released its manifesto. Vaiko has joined the DMDK-BJP led alliance in Tamil Nadu. The manifesto promises lifting of the ban on terrorist organisation LTTE and making Tamil one of the official languages in India. Main points of the manifesto: Increased autonomy to states:...
  • Happy to be a part of NDA, confident of winning in Tamil Nadu: Vaiko March 21, 2014

    As the MDMK sealed an alliance with the BJP in Tamil Nadu, party's general secretary Vaiko told CNN-IBN, "We are very happy to be a part of the NDA fold and we are confident of winning in Tamil Nadu." ...
  • A Billion Votes: LK Advani decides to contest from Gandhinagar March 20, 2014

    Playing down reports of differences over his candidature, Lal Krishna Advani on Thursday evening said that he will be contesting 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, the seat which has been allotted to him on Wednesday. ...
  • No alliance with parties in touch with Congress: BJP February 25, 2014

    BJP, which is holding parleys for a pre-poll alliance with actor-politician Vijayakanth's DMDK, on Tuesday said it will not align with parties which are in touch with the Congress. "BJP will not have any alliance with any party which is in touch in with Congress," senior party leader and in-charge of...
  • Tamil Nadu decides to release Rajiv Gandhi killers, sets off political turmoil February 19, 2014

    Chennai: In an extremely clever political masterstroke Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa announced the release of seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, sending shockwaves in the Congress camp, its archrival in the forthcoming parliamentary elections. While announcing the decision on Wednesday morning, the CM also set a three-day...
  • Vaiko meets Rajnath, discuss poll strategy for Lok Sabha elections January 30, 2014

    MDMK leader Vaiko on Thursday met BJP president Rajnath Singh in New Delhi to discuss the strategy for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, a week after the two parties formally announced pre-poll alliance between them. The meeting lasted about 25 minutes. "We had a fruitful discussion on the 2014 general elections," the...
  • MDMK to ally with BJP for Lok Sabha elections January 23, 2014

    Chennai: BJP and MDMK on Thursday officially announced their alliance for the Lok Sabha polls even as the former is said to be holding talks with two other regional parties in the state. With this, the BJP-MDMK alliance has virtually emerged as the third front against the regional majors AIADMK and...
  • TN: MDMK leader, 300 workers arrested for protesting against CHOGM November 12, 2013

    Chennai: Over 300 MDMK activists, including its General Secretary Vaiko were, arrested for blocking train traffic as the dawn-to-dusk Tamil Nadu bandh called by pro-Eelam outfits demanding that India completely boycott the CHOGM meet in Colombo got underway. Normal life remained unaffected due to the bandh for which police have...
  • Pro-Tamil outfits to block entry of Union ministers from state November 10, 2013

    Coimbatore: Pro-Tamil outfits pressing for India's boycott of CHOGM in Sri Lanka over the Lankan Tamils issue on Sunday decided to block the entry of Union Ministers from the state into Tamil Nadu as part of their agitation to mount pressure on the Centre to skip the meet. A resolution...
  • Vaiko asks traders to shut shops on Nov 12 November 9, 2013

    As protests continued in Tamil Nadu demanding India's boycott of Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka next week, MDMK leader Vaiko on Saturday urged traders to shut shops on November 12 pressing among others expulsion of the island nation from the 53-member grouping. Opposing Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government...
  • Sri Lanka must remove vessels near Katchatheevu: Vaiko June 2, 2013

    Chennai: MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Saturday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure the immediate removal of Sri Lankan naval vessels from Katchatheevu island. In a letter to Singh, Vaiko said there were reports that Chinese vessels and Chinese navy personnel in Sri Lankan vessels had been spotted in...
  • TN: Strike to be held against Sterlite plant in Tuticorin April 6, 2013

    Chennai: A day-long general strike demanding permanent closure of the copper smelter plant of Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd will be held on Monday at Tuticorin, said MDMK party general secretary Vaiko on Saturday. The company is part of Britain-based Vedanta Resources Group. In a statement issued here, MDMK founder Vaiko said...