If the reports from the MDMK camp are to be believed, Vaiko’s party is likely to quit the NDA. BJP’s alliance with MDMK, PMK and DMDK had suffered a major set back last week when Vaiko attacked PM Narendra Modi for favouring re-election of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his speech at the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu.
Responding to Vaiko’s criticism, BJP’s national secretary H Raja had threatened the MDMK leader that he might not be able to reach home safely if he continued to criticise Modi. According to sources, this threat remark forced the MDMK leadership on deciding to move out of the NDA.
A senior MDMK leader said a key decision would be taken at a party meeting on Monday. “All our district office bearers are meeting tomorrow,” he said.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s demand of Bharat Ratna for Rajapaksa also did not go down well with the party’s southern allies. Demanding the BJP leadership to justify the repeated statements by Swamy hurting Tamil sentiments, Vaiko also hit out at Modi for exceeding his diplomatic limits in his SAARC speech. “None of India’s former prime ministers had made such remarks.”
Hinting at his party leaving the NDA, a senior MDMK leader said even if Modi wanted to settle the issues, he might still not be able to defend his statements in favour of Rajapaksa.