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VCK's belligerence irks DMK

india Updated: Jan 20, 2009 12:50 IST

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The ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu is facing a dilemma on whether to continue its ties with pro-LTTE Viduthualai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) which has constantly been criticising the Congress, a key ally of the Karunanidhi government.

The leader of the Dalit-based VCK, Tol Thirumavalavan has embarrassed the DMK government with his pro-LTTE stance and Congress-bashing, which peaked during his four-day fast. The Congress, which has 35 MLAs supporting the government, and Opposition AIADMK have demanded his arrest.

The appearance of advertisements featuring Thirumavalavan and LTTE chief V Prabhakaran, a proclaimed offender in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and the violence targeting government buses during the fast had also caused discomfort to state government, which has become the target of criticism by opposition AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa.

The government appeared to have managed in 'taming' Thirumavalavan when he steered clear of any explicit reference to LTTE or Prabhakaran at the party's youth wing meet last month though he swore by Tamil Eelam, a separate homeland for Sri Lankan Tamils.

But the VCK, which has one member in the 234-member assembly, continued with its Congress bashing, accusing it of doing little for the Sri Lankan Tamils.

Karunanidhi is upset over Thirumavalavan's "unilateral" decision to go on the fast demanding the Centre's intervention to bring about a ceasefire in the north of Sri Lanka where the island military is in its final push against the LTTE.