Ending all uncertainty, Vaiko-led MDMK has walked out the BJP-led NDA alliance.
Vaiko, 70, known to be an supporter of the LTTE – was upset with the Modi government for building ties with the Mahinda Rajapaksa government in Sri Lanka. Vaiko alleged that Modi government had cheated the people of Tamil Nadu on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue.
He had also alleged that the Centre was trying to saffronise education and culture of the country.
The Vaiko’s vocal criticism of the Prime Minister had not gone down well with the BJP, with many leaders coming out in the open against MDMK’s continuance in the NDA.
While BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had openly stated that MDMK should be thrown out of the NDA alliance, another senior leader H Raja had said that Vaiko “may not be able to return home safely” if he continued to criticise the PM.
Vaiko later said that Modi should have condemned the remarks and wondered why he was remaining silent.
Vaiko said he had criticised leaders like late M G Ramachandran, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi besides DMK chief Karunanidhi but none had issued threats “like these BJP leaders.”
The MDMK had joined the NDA ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. While the BJP managed to win one seat – Kanyakumari – Vaiko’s party drew a blank.