& Tamil Eelam strugglE for freedom
Vaiko, Jayalalitha form alliance
[TamilNet, March 04, 2006]
Sonia Gandhi Urges Tamil Nadu to remove ADIAMK from
Power and Human Rights of the Tamil People in Sri Lanka
- Memorandum submitted by V.Gopalaswamy
to UN Commissioner on Human Rights 1998 (VAIKO)]
Leader of MDMK, Vaiko, and Leader of AIADM and TamilNadu Chief Minister,
Jayalalitha Jayaram, formed an alliance signing an agreement that allows Vaiko's
MDMK to contest in 35 of the 234 Assembly seats in the forthcoming Assembly
elections in TamilNadu, media reports from TamilNadu said.
Vaiko, Jeyalalitha addressing press
after the agreement was signed
The "sudden realignment of forces that is seen as a setback to the DMK-led
Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA)," said The Hindu in its Saturday's
Jayalalitha, who had earlier jailed Vaiko under the Prevention of
Terrorism Act (PoTA) for 19 months, when asked to comment on sharing a platform
with Vaiko, the Hindu quoted Jayalalitha as saying "It feels great to be
friends. In politics, there are no permanent friends or enemies."
The Hindu report further said: "For the DMK-led alliance, Vaiko's
decision comes as a major setback after the grouping's spectacular victory
sweeping all the 39 Lok Sabha in the 2004 elections, while for a friendless
AIADMK it could be considered a major boost. Only a few days ago, the ruling
AIADMK got its first electoral partner in Dalit Panthers of India which was
given nine seats.
MDMK, a constituent of the ruling UPA at the Centre, has four MPs
providing outside support to the government. Welcoming Vaiko, Jayalalithaa said
the cadres of both the parties would work for the victory of each other. "The
AIADMK will have individual majority to form the government," Vaiko intervened
alliance is also seen as a boost to the
in the island of Sri Lanka. Vaiko takes a
keen interest in the Tamil
National struggle and has a close relationship with
LTTE leader Pirapaharan.
Recently, commenting on the effort by Colombo to draw the Indian
Government into Sri Lanka politics, Vaiko said: "I can see war clouds over the
island. The keen interest being shown by Colombo to tilt the Indian stand in
favour of their policy is a very dangerous ploy," and added, "Colombo,
with a documented
history of embarking on state-aided colonisation programme in the Tamil homeland,
should deal with the Tamils in a constructive manner to resolve the conflict.
Colombo has opted to advance a policy that contradicts what was expected by
India and the International Community."