Chennai, May 25 UNI | 2 months ago

The MDMK led by Vaiko, which had suffered a rout in the just concluded Lok Sabha polls by contesting as an ally of the BJP-led NDA, has convened its high level political committee meeting in the city on May 29.

In a statement here today, Mr Vaiko said the party's district secretaries, administrative committee and political affairs committee meeting would also be held the same day.

The meeting would be presided over by party presidium chairman Tiruppur S Duraisamy.

The meeting was expected to discuss the reasons that went into the party's defeat in the LS polls.

The MDMK had contested four seats as part of the rainbow alliance led by the BJP. It included actor Vijayakanth-led DMDK, PMK and two minor parties.

The Front suffered a rout as it managed to win only two of the 39 seats it had contested in Tamil Nadu, one by BJP State President Pon Radhakrishnan at Kanniyakumari and the other by former Union Minister and PMK Leader Anbumani Ramadoss in Dharmapuri.

Mr Vaiko himself lost the elections while contesting from the Virudhunagar seat. Mr Vaiko, a strong supporter of Eelam Tamils, had lashed out at the new BJP-led NDA government to be headed by Prime

Minister-designate Narendra Modi for inviting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse for tomorrow's swearing-in ceremony.

He also met Mr Modi and BJP President Rajnath Singh and appealed to them to withdraw the invitation.

However, the BJP did not heed to the demand and Mr Rajapakse had confirmed his attendance for the swearing in ceremony.

Accusing Mr Rajapakse of indulging in war crimes and committing genocide of Tamils during the final phase of war, Mr Vaiko had announced that he would personally lead a black flag demonstration at New Delhi tomorrow to condemn his visit. He also announced a similar agitation in Chennai also.

In this background, the MDMK's high-level political committee meeting was expected to adopt a resolution criticising the Centre for inviting Mr Rajapakse for the swearing in ceremony of Mr Modi, though no agenda has been announced by the MDMK for the meeting.

(Posted on 26-05-2014)