Vaiko asks party men to maintain discipline

Chennai: Asking party men to maintain discipline after being shown the door out of AIADMK-led alliance, MDMK chief Vaiko Friday asked them to desist from activities that would bring disrepute to the party.

His advice came in the wake of reported burning of AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa's effigies allegedly by MDMK supporters in neighbouring Tambaram and Theni.

"We had been maintaining dignity and peaceful approach during seat-sharing talks even as scores of party workers have earned good name for MDMK by virtue of their behaviour. Some four or five persons, had burnt the effigies of AIADMK General Secretary (Jayalalithaa) at Tambaram and Theni," he said.

In a statement here, he "strongly" condemned the incidents, saying such persons did it with the intention of bringing disrepute to MDMK, and urged his supporters not to take recourse to such steps.

A high-level decision making body of MDMK, AIADMK's ally since 2006, is scheduled to meet tomorrow to discuss the situation as the lead partner went ahead with announcing its constituencies even before finalising them in consultations with allies, leaving little room for MDMK.

Irate MDMK supporters had reportedly burnt effigies of Jayalalithaa at Tambaram and Theni irked over AIADMK announcing its 160 candidates for the April 13 Assembly polls.