TN fishing community angry at State, Central govts: Vaiko
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 21:55
Chennai: Charging the Centre with 'failing' to protect Indian fishermen against attacks allegedly by the Sri Lankan navy, MDMK leader Vaiko on Thursday said the fishing community was angry against the Centre and State governments.

"The DMK, which is part of the central government, cannot fool people by courting arrest. The fishermen are angry against the Central and State governments," Vaiko told reporters here on the sidelines of his party's General Council.

DMK leaders, including Member of Parliament Kanimozhi, were arrested yesterday for trying to take out a protest march towards the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission here against the detention of 136 Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka.

Vaiko alleged that during the recent visit of Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao to Colombo to take up the issue of attacks on Indian fishermen with the Sri Lankan government, Lankan authorities had not responded properly to India's concerns.

On the MDMK's General Council resolutions passed today, he said the party had resolved to work to bring down the DMK government in the Assembly elections scheduled in May by pitting the issue of "loot by a particular family" against the need for welfare of the people of the state.

A long-time ally of AIADMK, Vaiko said issues such as price-rise, 2G spectrum allocation scam and deteriorating law and order situation would work against the DMK-Congress combine.

Asked if he would contest the Assembly elections, Vaiko said it would be known only after the party finalises the list of candidates.

Vaiko had unsuccessfully contested the 2009 Lok Sabha polls from Virudhunagar, losing to Congress.


First Published: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 21:55

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