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Sedition charges politically motivated: Vaiko

india Updated: Apr 10, 2009 22:56 IST

MDMK leader Vaiko on Friday termed the Tamil Nadu government's move to charge him with sedition for his remarks in support of the Tamil Tigers' chief as "politically motivated".

"While my statement indicating a bloodbath in Tamil Nadu if (banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam leader) Prabhakaran is harmed does not mean sedition. I need no certificate from the M Karunanidhi government for patriotism and these charges are politically motivated," Vaiko told reporters.

Surrounded by supporters decrying the state, central and Sri Lankan governments for allegedly killing "innocent Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka", Vaiko expressed scorn over the threat of arrest.

"Threats of arrests by the cowardly (Tamil Nadu Chief Minister) Karunanidhi using the alibi of Tamil sentiments to continue in power and aiding the collaboration of the Indian government with Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse's murderous regime, do not bother me," Vaiko added.