The MDMK, led by Vaiko, decided to snap ties with the NDA on Monday, accusing the Narendra Modi government for acting against the interest of Tamils.
The MDMK, which was the first party from Tamil Nadu that joined the BJP front during the Lok Sabha elections, had contested seven out of 39 seats as part of the alliance though it had lost all, while the BJP and S Ramadoss’ PMK had won one each.
The sudden decision to quit the alliance reportedly comes after BJP national secretary H Raja threatened Vaiko to stop criticising Modi. Vaiko has been attacking Modi for more than a month over his “favourable stand” towards Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
On Monday, a resolution announcing the decision to quit the NDA alliance, alleged that the BJP government had been working against the interest of Tamil Nadu.
Condemning Modi’s recent speech at the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu wishing Rajapaksa for his electoral success, it also accused the BJP government for permitting a review of safety aspects of the Mullaperiyar dam, which was settled by the Supreme Court in May 2014.
Blaming the Centre of taking stand favouring the Sri Lankan government, the resolution said the BJP had promised that India will not support Sri Lanka during the formation of the alliance. Terming the release of five Tamil fishermen from a Sri Lankan prison last month a “drama” played by the governments of India and Sri Lankan, the MDMK blamed the Centre for not giving any relief to the fishermen.
While the party’s resolution came down heavily on the BJP government’s efforts on the “Sanskritisation” of education, Vaiko condemned Union minister Sushma Swaraj’s demand to make Bhagwad Gita the “national scripture”.
Reports of Vaiko striking an alliance with DMK are also doing the rounds.