Vaiko’s Rajya Sabha nomination accepted

Putting an end to uncertainties over whether MDMK general secretary Vaiko’s nomination for Rajya Sabha election would be accepted or not, since he was convicted in a sedition case, the papers of the pro-Tamil leader were accepted by the election officer today.

Also today, Vaiko appeared in a court in Chennai in connection with a defamation case filed against him in 2006 by the then DMK government.

Interestingly, the sedition case too was filed against Vaiko by the erstwhile DMK government. However, the DMK is now backing his nomination for the Rajya Sabha seat.

Vaiko, who has filed his nomination papers for the July 18 Rajya Sabha polls, on Monday said it was he who suggested to the DMK to field an alternative candidate in the event of his papers being rejected.

Reacting to DMK fielding Advocate N R Elango as the alternative candidate, Vaiko told reporters at Dindigul that the DMK has allotted a seat to MDMK only for him to contest.

If everything goes well, Vaiko will be making a re-entry into Parliament after a 15-year hiatus. His last term in Lok Sabha was between 1999 and 2004 as a member of the DMK-BJP alliance.

As per the existing strength in the State Assembly, AIADMK has got 123 MLAs and DMK has 100 MLAs, which means that each of the Dravidian majors can get three members elected to the Upper House from the state.

DMK President MK Stalin has nominated advocate P Wilson and M Shanmugam, General Secretary of the party’s Labour Progressive Front (LPF) for the ensuing Rajya Sabha polls to be held on July 18. As per the pre-poll agreement, the third seat was given to MDMK chief Vaiko.