He also said that the dissidents should have poisoned Vijaykant than betrayed him

Vaiko reacts to DMDK dissidents and DMK with casteist reference and prostitution barbs
news TN2016 Wednesday, April 06, 2016 - 19:05

Reacting to the controversy surrounding expelled DMDK strongman Chandrakumar and 9 other dissidents, MDMK leader Vaiko suggested indirectly that they should all consider "that business", hinting at prostitution. Though he covered his tracks by stating he might mean any business, the reference was not lost on anybody.

Referring to the statement by these dissidents that the DMDK should align with DMK rather than the PWF, he alleged that they had received a bribe from the DMK and suggested that “Kalaignar” Karunanidhi take up the 'oldest profession' in the world as well, the profession which is says is 'famous world over' and 'many are asking to be legalized'.

On Wednesday evening, however, he apologised for his remarks about Karunanidhi and requested the DMK leader to forgive him.

Earlier, addressing a press conference on the events leading up to the expulsion of Chandrakumar and others, he said that on March 28, 29 and 30, Chandrakumar had been part of a PWF gathering where he had made grandiose statements like “If Captain asks me to jump in a well, I will jump!” Vaiko also added that Chandrakumar had spent most of his time with the PWF leaders criticising AIADMK leader Jayalalitha and DMK leader Karunanidhi.

When all the leaders were to leave Kanyakumari on March 30, however, said Vaiko, Chandrakumar asked to stay behind for one more night. “I thought he wanted to see sunrise in Kanyakumari,” said Vaiko, and added with a smirk, “obviously he saw the rising sun.” The rising sun is the symbol of the DMK, and the reference here implies a meeting between Chandrakumar and the DMK leadership.

Alleging that the dissidents had received money to cause dissension in the DMDK and split it away from the PWF, he called it a rank betrayal. “You should have given Vijaykant some poisoned milk instead. Or put poison in his food,” he said.

He then went on to saying that there is another profession more suited for the dissidents and for DMK leader Karunanidhi. “If I say it explicitly, these TV channels that ‘love’ me will broadcast it everywhere… It is a world famous profession that has been there since the first man, a profession that people want to legalise,” he said making obvious references to prostitution.

To add to this, he also made a reference to Karunanidhi’s Isai Vellalar caste background by referring to his “naadaswaram playing background”. “I am not saying anything wrong (by suggesting that Karunanidhi should take up "that business"). I know that he comes from a naadaswaram playing background, so I said this.”

Protests erupted among DMK cadres in reaction to Vaiko’s statements about the party’s chief. In Usilampatti, an effigy of the MDMK leader was burnt, and 7 persons were detained.

Vaiko’s statements do not seem to have gone down well with all his alliance partners either. A leader of the Dalit party VCK, a member of the PWF alliance, condemned the statements and called it indefensible, but was unwilling to do so on record.

Update: Vaiko has since apologized for his statements and sought forgiveness from Karunandhi for the same.

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