A coalition government should be formed at the Centre after the next Lok Sabha elections to ensure that federalism works effectively, MDMK leader Vaiko has said.
The country was facing a threat, and democracy and secularism were in peril, he said while speaking at the party’s Mupperum Vizha in Erode on Saturday.
Forcing Sanskrit on people, making the National-Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test mandatory and abolishing reservation could not be accepted, the MDMK leader said, adding, “The BJP government at the Centre should be overthrown [at the next election] and a coalition government should be formed.”
Mr. Vaiko alleged that the AIADMK government had joined hands with the management of Sterlite Industries and had planned and executed “the brutal murder” of 13 people at Thoothukudi. He said he had been fighting a legal battle for 22 years to close down the plant. But in the absence of a policy decision from the government [to shut down the plant], it continued to get reprieve in the court.
Mr. Vaiko said he was shocked when the then Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa was invited for the swearing in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister in 2014. “They used banned weapons against innocent Tamil people and committed a genocide. The United Nations should conduct a referendum on a separate State for Tamils in Sri Lanka in which Sri Lankan Tamils living across the world should be allowed to cast their votes,” he added.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, who attended the meeting, said that the Constitution did not discriminate between people, but it was in danger and people should wake up to defend the integrity and unity of the nation. He said that though the people of Jammu and Kashmir always wanted peace with Pakistan, the State would remain a part of India.