Tamil Nadu elections 2016: MDMK chief Vaiko stuns party workers, opts out of poll race

Apr 26, 16

The announcement stunned his supporters who had thronged to hear him speak from an open-top propaganda van here as Vaiko had earlier announced his decision to contest from the Kovilpatti segment after a hiatus of two decades.

Vaiko alleged the "plan" was to "create violence" between the "Thevar and Naicker communities" in the constituency.

He said the violence, according to the plan, "would be centred around him", a remark seen as an implied reference to his Naicker caste.

Naming the DMK, he said, "I also came to know that the district secretaries (Tuticorin and Virudhunagar) of the party encouraged the violence idea and I was terribly grieved.

"... My heart swirls in pain and I shudder to even think of caste violence targeting me," he said, adding "against this background, since I realize that communal rage will ruin the future of Tamil Nadu, I have decided to not contest in the assembly elections."