Angry DMK workers called him a ‘traitor’, blocked his car and also threw a slipper at him.

Vaiko faces wrath of angry DMK cadre at hospital returns without meeting Karunanidhi
news Politics Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 21:37

MDMK Chief Vaiko came face-to-face with angry members of the DMK outside the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai as he arrived to meet Karunanidhi, who has been admitted to the hospital due to his ill health.

As Vaiko tried to enter the hospital in his car, a protest broke-out outside the hospital, with angry DMK members blocking his car and asking him to return.

DMK members called him a ‘traitor’ and also threw a slipper at his car.

Following this, a scuffle broke out between supporters of Vaiko and DMK workers.

Vaiko stepped out of his car to appeal to the DMK cadre to let him in, but had to return without meeting Karunanidhi.

Speaking to the media immediately after the incident, DMK MP Trichy Siva and party spokesperson TKS Elangovan told the media that they were disappointed with the turn of events and appealed to the DMK cadre to not indulge in such activities. They condemned the incident.

They said that MK Stalin also expressed his disappointment at what happened, and explained further that Vaiko could not be brought it with due respect since he had returned by then.

Later, MK Stalin also condemned the clashes between the party cadre and reprimanded his party members. He also sought an apology for the incident.

Vaiko was member of the DMK till 1993, when he left the party unhappy with Karunanidhi’s son MK Stalin being promoted over him. Since then, he has allied with both the DMK and AIADMK in several elections through his party, MDMK.

In the 2016 assembly polls, MDMK was a part of the People’s Welfare Alliance, which was the third-front and seen as an instrumental reason for the DMK’s loss. Vaiko was widely accused of engineering a victory for the AIADMK by diving anti-incumbency votes through the third-front.