Chennai: Union minister of state Pon Radhakrishnan said that Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko is trying to “please someone” through his speeches in Tamil Nadu. He was in particular referring to Vaiko’s threat of waving black flags at Prime Minister Narendra Modi whenever he visits Tamil Nadu.  

"Modi will definitely visit Tamil Nadu and is ready to face any sort of agitation, including black flag demonstration," he told reporters at the airport.

Vaiko was making the comments to "please someone" for "political favour", Radhakrishnan said.

Taking a dig at Vaiko, Radhakrishnan said the MDMK supremo broke away from DMK, accusing it of conspiring against him and had vowed to teach a lesson to the party.

But Vaiko was now showering praises on DMK and wanted to make its leader (MK Stalin) the chief minister, Radhakrishnan said.

Claiming that the MDMK wanted to remain in the DMK front, the senior BJP leader said many in the DMK considered Vaiko as an "unwanted guest".

To a query on Mekedatu issue, Radhakrishnan said the Centre has given approval only to prepare a project report and not for construction of the dam.

Recently, the Central Water Commission (CMC) had allowed Karnataka to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the construction of a balancing reservoir cum drinking water project at Mekedatu across river Cauvery.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami had urged the centre to withdraw its permission to Karnataka for preparing the DPR.

On relief measures in Gaja cyclone-hit areas in the state, Radhakrishnan said additional quantum of funds would be decided after receiving the report from the central committee, which visited the affected areas recently.

The cyclone which hit the state on November 16, affected 12 districts claiming 63 lives and left a huge trail of destruction, damaging houses, crops, disrupting electricity supply and uprooting lakhs of trees.

With inputs from PTI