EXPELLED FROM the DMK earlier, MDMK leader Vaiko was not allowed to visit DMK chief M Karunanidhi at Kauvery hospital in the city on Saturday evening as a group of DMK supporters stopped his car and hurled slippers at the vehicle. Vaiko was removed from the party in 1993 for criticism of Karunanidhi, saying that he was promoting his son M K Stalin and sidelining senior leaders, including him.
Stalin, DMK’s treasurer, condemned the incident later on Saturday evening and sought apologies.
Vaiko visited the hospital on Saturday evening along with his party cadres but was made to leave the venue in a few minutes as a group of DMK activists, including women, stopped his vehicle near the hospital.
As a group of Vaiko supporters struggled to let his car enter the hospital gates, slippers were hurled at the vehicle.
Soon, Vaiko stepped out of his car and asked his party men to leave. There was a minor scuffle as well between DMK and MDMK cadres.
Sources said Vaiko’s criticism of Karunanidhi at the funeral venue of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had provoked DMK cadres today.
Stalin condemned the incident, and senior DMK leader T K S Elangovan apologised for the unpleasant scenes outside the hospital.
Telling DMK cadres that it was a good gesture to receive other party leaders who come to meet the ailing Karunanidhi in hospital, he advised them not to indulge in such activities.
DMK supporters had welcomed senior AIADMK leaders who visited the hospital earlier in the day.
Vaiko, once a senior DMK leader and a Karunanidhi loyalist, was known for his close links to AIADMK after he was thrown out of the party. He did not miss a chance to criticise Karunanidhi even on the day of Jayalalithaa’s funeral.