Allies silent on crackdown

The DVAC raid against AIADMK ex-minister S P Velumani was the talking point of Tamil Nadu politics since Tuesday, but there has been an eerie silence in the state polity on the issue. Barring its close ally BJP, other allies of the AIADMK as well as DMK have kept calm on the sensational vigilance crackdown on the influential AIADMK minister, popularly called CM of Coimbatore in AIADMK circles.
Allies silent on crackdown
SP Velumani (File Photo)


AIADMK’s ally PMK, which, in a way was also responsible for the raids, has preferred to be silent on the issue. Ramadoss's party was the first to petition the state governor against several AIADMK ministers during the previous regime, much before the DMK had submitted its dossier of over 100 pages on AIADMK ministers’ corruption to Raj Bhavan. Caught between alliance compulsion and crackdown against corruption, the PMK leadership, which is normally among the first to flag most issues, has not issued any statement. Unsurprisingly, netizens are having a field day, sarcastically thanking PMK for petitioning Governor against the AIADMK earlier.
Equally intriguing was the silence of a few other allies of the ruling DMK. TNCC president K S Alagiri has so far not reacted to the vigilance raids. VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan, a daring speaker, who does not hold back his views on controversial issues, was another mute spectator since Tuesday.

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