Mr. Vaiko named as Rajya Sabha Poll candidate from Tamil Nadu
MDMK General Secretary Vaiko will be the party’s candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections from Tamil Nadu. The decision was decided by the party’s high-level district secretaries’ committee.
Mr. Vaiko, who was elected with the help of DMK MLAs, would be coming to the Upper House after the beak of 23 years. His previous term in the Rajya Sabha was between 1990 and 1998 as a representative of the DMK (He was expelled from the party in 1993). “When I expressed my desire to be in Parliament, DMK leader Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) nominated me to the Rajya Sabha in 1978,” he said.
In 1977, when the AIADMK, led by M.G. Ramachandran, in power, the DMK accepted a critical reversal of electoral fortune in the South, however, held to win Sankarankoil, Mr. Vaiko’s home constituency. At the time, he was the deputy organizer of the party’s student wing. Earlier, he was arrested and jailed during the Emergency declared by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
“Kalaignar liked my speeches and I worked very hard in the election in Sankarankoil constituency. It was the only constituency that was retained by the DMK in the South” he remembered.
Mr. Vaiko’s second term in the Rajya Sabha started in 1984 and the third term in 1990. Previously, his alliance with DMK leadership strained, and he has removed from the party. He started the MDMK. He was first nominated to the Lok Sabha in 1998 in the AIADMK-BJP alliance, and again in 1999 when the DMK changed the AIADMK in the alliance. He was arrested by the Jayalalithaa government and jailed for 19 months for supporting the banned LTTE but went on to join with the AIADMK in 2006. He resuscitated the MDMK’s ties with the DMK when Karunanidhi was confined to his home due to unhealthy.