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The News Minute | December 3, 2014 | 10.12 am IST A day after the National Secretary of the BJP H Raja warned its ally MDMK’s chief Vaiko for criticizing the Prime Minister, the DMK chief Karunanidhi has come out in support of the latter. Karunanidhi asked the BJP men of the state to "behave" and be "truly supportive" of the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils. He also condemned H Raja for his comments against Vaiko.   During the SAARC summit Prime Minister Modi had greeted the Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa and wished him well for the presidential eletions. This gesture had drawn criticism from the Tamil political parties, especially the BJP ally MDMK. During the celebrations of the LTTE leader Prabhakaran’s sixtieth birth anniversary in Chennai last week, Vaiko had openly criticized the Prime Minister. He had said that both BJP and Congress were adopting the same approach when it came the way it dealt with Sri Lanka. Read - Cake-cutting and fireworks - Leaders go all out in celebration of LTTE Prabhakaran's 60th birth anniversary Following this, the National Secretary H Raja said that both major regional parties of Tamil Nadu AIADMK and DMK had welcomed the efforts of the Union government in getting the Tamil fishermen released from Sri Lanka. At the same time he warned the MDMK chief Vaiko. “He must stop unnecessarily criticizing the Centre or we would be forced to deal accordingly,” he said. Read - BJP national secretary H Raja warns MDMK over criticism After the statement, many MDMK men protested in front of Raja’s house in Karaikudi. Thirty four of them were arrested by the police on Sunday while on their way to protest in front of Raja’s house. With the DMK chief M Karunanidhi issuing a statement supporting Vaiko, rumours about the two parties coming together and forming an alliance in the 2016 state assembly elections has gained more weight. In the last week of October there was a wedding of PMK chief Ramadoss’ granddaughter in Mahabalipuram. All parties except the AIADMK and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi were invited and talks about using the ceremony as a platform to foster old friendship were rife. Read - A wedding and an interview that has created political buzz in Tamil Nadu With J. Jayalalithaa losing her chief ministership and being disqualified from being an MLA, other parties in the state are trying to form a grand alliance to oppose the AIADMK in the 2016 elections. Can Karunanidhi’s statement supporting Vaiko be seen as a step in this direction?

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