Vaiko

  • LS polls: Vaiko faces stiff challenge in Virudhunagar 07-04-2014 11:15 AM

    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...
  • LS polls: MDMK to support PMK in Puducherry 06-04-2014 11:52 PM

    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...
  • By meeting Imam, Sonia Gandhi committed 'blunder': Jethmalani 05-04-2014 07:47 PM

    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...
  • Vaiko meets Alagiri, seeks support for LS polls 23-03-2014 07:22 PM

    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...
  • Vaiko meets Alagiri at his residence, seeks support for LS polls 23-03-2014 10:18 AM

    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...
  • Modi will become PM even without TN's 40 seats: Vaiko 22-03-2014 02:01 PM

    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...
  • MDMK chief Vaiko promises lifting ban on LTTE 22-03-2014 11:36 AM

    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...
  • Vaiko meets Rajnath, discuss poll strategy for Lok Sabha elections 30-01-2014 06:02 PM

    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...
  • MDMK to ally with BJP for Lok Sabha elections 23-01-2014 02:50 PM

    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...
  • TN: MDMK leader, 300 workers arrested for protesting against CHOGM 12-11-2013 10:40 AM

    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...
  • Vaiko asks traders to shut shops on Nov 12 09-11-2013 08:42 PM

    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...
  • Jagan refuses to budge on Telangana, fast enters fourth day 28-08-2013 10:12 AM

    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...
  • Sri Lanka must remove vessels near Katchatheevu: Vaiko 02-06-2013 03:25 AM

    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...
  • Chennai: Vaiko, anti-nuclear activists detained 29-10-2012 03:46 PM

    Chennai: Hundreds of anti-nuclear 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, pro-Tamil leader P...
  • Mullaperiyar row: Vaiko, other leaders arrested 21-12-2011 12:33 PM

    Chennai: Twelve people including MDMK leader Vaiko and Tamil Nationalist Movement leader P Nedumaram have been arrested as they tried to block all routes to Kerala over Mullaperiyar row. NDMK has been organising a blockade on 13 routes that connect Tamil Nadu and Kerala as part of an economic blockade...
  • MDMK to block roads connecting Kerala, TN 20-12-2011 04:22 PM

    Chennai: Protesting against the Kerala government's demand for decommissioning the Mullaperiyar dam, the Vaiko-led MDMK along with other political outfits has declared that it would block all the roads connecting the neighbouring state with Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. As a mark of protest against the Kerala government's demand for decommissioning...
  • Mullaperiyar row: LDF to organise human wall 08-12-2011 07:20 AM

    Idukki: KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala will stage a fast in front of the Martyrs Column in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, as part of a state-wide UDF campaign for a permanent solution to the Mullaperiyar dam issue. The ruling LDF will be organising a human wall from Mullaperiyar in Idukki district to...
  • Mullaperiyar: Vaiko to go on one-day fast 07-12-2011 01:34 PM

    Chennai: Protesting against Kerala's stand to construct a new dam in place of Mullaperiyar, MDMK leader Vaiko will stage a day-long fast at Theni district on Thursday. Vaiko will stage the fast protesting Kerala's "injustice" in trying to build a dam in place of the existing structure, 'which is the...
  • Mullaperiyar: Achuthanandan may join protests 07-12-2011 08:31 AM

    Chennai: The situation over the Mullaperiyar dam row continues to remain tense with Kerala Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan expected to join protestors on a one-day fast. He will join the fast at the site of the Mullaperiyar dam in Idukki on Wednesday. Meanwhile, in Chennai, MDMK chief Vaiko is slated...
  • Prevent Kerala from building new dam: Vaiko 05-12-2011 07:01 PM

    New Delhi: MDMK chief Vaiko on Monday complained to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that Kerala government was creating "panic and fear psychosis" among the people on the Mullaperiyar Dam issue while contending that the 116-year-old structure was safe. As the confrontation between the neighbouring states escalated over the safety of...
  • Kerala pressing the panic button on dam: Vaiko 05-12-2011 12:07 PM

    New Delhi: After meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Mullaperiyar Dam issue on Monday, MDMK leader Vaiko said that the the Kerala government was pressing the panic button and putting fear-psychosis in the minds of people of Kerala. "Central government should immediately deploy CRPF for the protection of the...
  • MDMK, PMK demand ban on 'Dam 999' 22-11-2011 05:12 PM

    Chennai: Two political parties in Tamil Nadu MDMK and PMK today demanded a ban on the release of Hollywood film 'Dam 999' in the country, saying it depicts the scenario of the collapse of century-old Mullaiperiyar Dam over which the state is locked in a row with Kerala. MDMK leader...
  • Kudankulam row: Vaiko to go on one-day fast 05-11-2011 06:41 AM

    New Delhi: MDMK leader Vaiko and Tamil Nationalist Movement president Pazha Nedumaran are set to go on a one-day token fast at Idin-tha-Karai on Saturday. The fast is to demand the permanent closure of the controversial Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. Several hundred villagers earlier protested against the Kudankulam nuclear power...
  • 10,000 fishermen on fast against N-plant in TN 13-09-2011 02:33 AM

    Tirunelveli: Around 10,000 fishermen staged a day-long fast protesting against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) being set up in the district under Indo-Russian collaboration as the agitation continued to draw a large number of people for the second day on Monday. MDMK leader Vaiko threw his weight behind the...
  • MDMK quits AIADMK alliance, to boycott elections 20-03-2011 05:21 PM

    Chennai: Vaiko's MDMK party on Sunday said it was quitting the AIADMK-led alliance and boycotting the coming elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry after being denied the seats it wanted to contest. Slighted by the AIADMK's refusal to allocate 21 of the 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, Vaiko's party said...