Pooja for Kanimozhi, DMK MP in trouble

Chennai: DMK today distanced itself from special poojas reportedly conducted by its Rajya Sabha member for jailed MP Kanimozhi, terming it as a "unilateral act" which lacked the party`s consent.

"This unilateral act by Vasanthy Stanley did not have the party headquarters` consent. We like to clarify that the party is not connected to it in any way," DMK`s Organising Secretary TKS Elangovan, MP, said in a statement here referring to reports in a section of media.

Stanley had reportedly conducted special poojas at a temple in Kancheepuram on Thursday, seeking the early release of Kanimozhi from jail even as the trial in the 2G spectrum allocation scam started today in a Delhi special court.

Kanimozhi, DMK supremo M Karunanidhi`s daughter, has been in Tihar Jail since her arrest in connection with the 2G case on May 20.

Rationalism is a stated policy of DMK and party chief M Karunanidhi had reprimanded some senior colleagues for offering prayers or involving themselves in religious activities.