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Photos with LTTE chief are old, says Vaiko

MDMK leader Vaiko dubbed the photographs released by the Sri Lankan army which shows him with LTTE chief V Prabhakaran as old ones and said there is an "ulterior motive" behind it.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2009 22:17 IST

MDMK leader Vaiko on Monday dubbed the photographs released by the Sri Lankan army which shows him with LTTE chief V Prabhakaran as old ones and said there is an "ulterior motive" behind it.

"These are old photos. Sri Lankan Government has released them with an ulterior motive. Anyhow, I am proud about the photos. If I get an opportunity, I will again visit Wanni (home to LTTE camps where the photographs were taken)," Vaiko, known for his strident pro-LTTE stand, told reporters in Tirunelveli.

Sri Lankan Army on Monday released photographs and video footages of Tamil Nadu politicians, including Vaiko, with Prabhakaran in LTTE camps in Wanni.

Vaiko, who undertook a clandestine trip to Jaffna in 1989 as a Rajya Sabha member of the then ruling DMK, also rejected charges that he was receiving funds from the LTTE.

"There is no necessity for us to take money from LTTE. If we do politics by taking money from LTTE that will be worse than prostitution," he said.

Vaiko was speaking to reporters on his release on bail from the Palayamkottai Prison in Tirunelveli where he was lodged after his arrest for attempting to show black flags to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee during the latter's visit to Tuticorin on February 28.

Besides Vaiko, police had arrested 194 others, who were also set free on bail.

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