Election fever in Tamil Nady reached a new high on Friday after MDMK chief Vaiko claimed that the DMK had offered Rs 500 crore along with 80 seats to Vijayakanth as part of their attempts to woo him over to their side.
Stung by this allegation, the DMK on Friday evening issued a legal notice to Vaiko for defaming DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi. The DMK asked Vaiko to withdraw his “false and defamatory statement” within seven days or face civil and criminal action.
Vaiko had in a press conference at Madurai airport on Friday morning said that the DMK had offered Rs 500 crore and 80 seats to lure Vijayakanth to its fold for the assembly elections. Political analysts believe that Vijaykanth and DMK combine would have been a much stronger force to give a tough fight to the AIADMK.
Vaiko also levelled similar charges against the BJP, which he claimed also was prepared to give huge sums of money, a Rajya Sabha seat and a minister’s position to Vijayakanth’s party if he chose to ally with the NDA in the elections.
PWF chief Vaiko made these claims two days after bagging an alliance with Vijayakanth’s DMDK,. The former actor - popularly known as ‘Captain’ both on and off-screen - has been courted by all sides in the run up to May.
The DMK’s treasurer and former deputy chief minister MK Stalin said that the party had sent a legal notice to Vaiko for his allegations that have no basis.
Stalin had quoted Vijayakanth’s wife Premalata, implying that she distanced herself from the Vaiko’s allegations.
When press asked Premalata about the charges made by Vaiko if indeed Vijayakanth was offered such money, she said the media should ask the person who made the allegations and not her.
When Vaiko was questioned about this by a private television channel, he got agitated and said it was not the channels work to ask all this. When asked about the legal notice for defamation sent by the DMK through its lawyer, Vaiko laughed it away and said that he was prepared to fight it legally.
“Le them send the notice, I will fight it legally,” he said.
“My client, Karunanidhi said he was shocked to hear the false and defamatory statement made by you at the Madurai airport before a large group of press and media today accusing him of offering money to Thiru Vijayakanth leader of the Desiya Murpoku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) for joining as an alliance party along with the DMK party,” the notice sent to Vaiko said.