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  • 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...
  • Vaiko writes to PM over abduction of priest in Afghanistan June 4, 2014

    Chennai: MDMK chief Vaiko has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in securing the release of a Jesuit priest from Tamil Nadu, who was abducted by unidentified gunmen in Afghanistan on June 2. In his letter to Modi, Vaiko contended that 47yearold Fr Alexis Prem Kumar S J...
  • 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 swearingin ceremony. Vaiko along with his supporters broke a barricade and tried to move out of Jantar...
  • 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 Ministerdesignate Narendra Modi's oathtaking ceremony...
  • Tamil leaders unite against invite to Sri Lanka for Modi's swearingin May 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Tamil Nadu politics is on the boil again over the alleged mistreatment of Lankan Tamils by the Colombo government. The Tamil Nadu political leaders have voiced their opposition to Narendra Modi's invite to Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa for his swearingin ceremony arguing that it has hurt the...
  • BJP ally Vaiko opposes Rajapaksa's presence at PM Modi's swearingin May 23, 2014

    Chennai: The controversy over the invitation to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Prime Ministerdesignate Narendra Modi's swearingin 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...
  • BJP ally MDMK opposed to Sri Lanka's participation at Modi's swearingin ceremony May 21, 2014

    Chennai: BJP's ally MDMK on Wednesday opposed theparticipation of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the May 26 swearingin ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister, saying his presence would hurt the feelings of the Tamil people. Party founder Vaiko claimed Congress was shown the door by the people of Tamil...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Modi will become PM even without TN's 40 seats: Vaiko March 22, 2014

    Endorsing the existence of a "Modi wave" across the country, MDMK leader Vaiko on Saturday said the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate becoming the next Prime Minister was a certainty even without taking into account the 40 seats of Tamil Nadu. "There is an immense Modi wave across the country. He will...
  • 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." ...
  • 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 prepoll 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 BJPMDMK 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 dawntodusk Tamil Nadu bandh called by proEelam 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...
  • 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 53member grouping. Opposing Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government...
  • Jagan refuses to budge on Telangana, fast enters fourth day August 28, 2013

    Jaganmohan Reddy's indefinite hunger strike against a separate statehood for Telangana entered the fourth day. JDS holds a 1-day-meet after the humiliating defeat in the last week's Lok Sabha by-polls. Andhra Pradesh The jailed YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy has refused to end his fast against Telangana. His indefinite hunger strike in...
  • 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...
  • Vaiko seeks fresh Assembly resolution on Tamils issue March 23, 2013

    Chennai: MDMK chief Vaiko on Saturday requested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to adopt a resolution in the state Assembly on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, similar to the one adopted two years ago. The 2011 resolution called for economic sanctions to be imposed on Sri Lanka till Tamils in the...
  • Vaiko protests SL President's visit, courts arrest in Delhi February 8, 2013

    New Delhi: MDMK chief Vaiko courted arrest at Parliament Street police station in the capital on Friday along with 60 70 supporters while protesting against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit to India. Vaiko was arrested while leading the MDMK protest march from Parliament Street to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's...
  • Chennai: Vaiko, antinuclear activists detained October 29, 2012

    Chennai: Hundreds of antinuclear activists and leaders of different political outfits were detained in Chennai on Monday when they attempted to lay siege to the state secretariat demanding scrapping of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP). MDMK Leader Vaiko, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader and MP Thol Thirumavalavan, proTamil leader P Nedumaran...
  • Cauvery row: Vaiko, MDMK workers arrested October 12, 2012

    Neyveli: MDMK leader Vaiko was arrested in Neyveli on Friday when he along with his party workers tried to picket the Neyveli Lignite Corporation office, demanding the public sector unit stop power supply to Karnataka, which has stopped release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. Police said Vaiko and about...
  • Has India lost influence in Sri Lanka over the Tamil issue? September 22, 2012

    MDMK chief Vaiko and 700 of his party supporters were arrested near Sanchi on Friday as they protested against visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Has the Tamil issue compromised India's influence in Sri Lanka? Join CNNIBN's Suhasini Haidar for a discussion in World View on Friday at 10 pm. ...
  • Vaiko, 700 others held as SL President reaches MP September 21, 2012

    New Delhi: MDMK chief Vaiko and 700 of his party supporters were arrested in Chhindwara near Sanchi on Friday as they tried to enter the city to hold their protest against visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is scheduled to inaugurate a Buddhist University there. Vaiko had planned a black...
  • MP: Lankan President arrives in Sanchi, Vaiko detained September 21, 2012

    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday reached Sanchi where he will inaugurate a Buddhist University. ...
  • MP: Vaiko detained ahead of SL President's visit September 21, 2012

    New Delhi: MDMK General Secretary Vaiko was on Thursday night stopped by the Madhya Pradesh police from entering into Sanchi where the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to inaugurate a Buddhist University on Friday. Vaiko had called for a black flag demonstration in Sanchi against Rajapaksa for the alleged...