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All-party meet to stick to script

(October 14, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Lankan Tamils issue is once again on the boil in Tamilnadu, with the ruling DMK and other major political parties taking a strong line that the Centre should exert pressure on Sri Lanka to stop the alleged genocide of Tamils living in the island nation.

It is expected that the all-party meeting convened this evening by Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to discuss the killings of Lankan Tamils would decide to hold a special session of the State Assembly to pressurise the Central government over the issue.

According to sources in the know, a resolution urging the immediate intervention of the Centre to urge the Lankan government to stop its ‘genocide’ would be passed in today’s meeting.

For the first time in several years, political parties in the State have taken the issue to the street again.

Karunanidhi on Thursday last requested political parties in Tamilnadu to sink their differences and come together for the cause of the Eelam Tamils.

He scheduled an all- party leaders meeting today to discuss a common plan to address the urgent Eelam Tamils issue. An invitation letter was also dispatched to all leaders to attend the crucial meeting.

Earlier in a poem published in DMK daily Murasoli, he said when the Tamils all over the world were ‘appreciating’ the efforts taken by his government to mitigate the sufferings of Eelam Tamils, why the political parties could not sink their narrow political differences and come on the same platform at least for this cause.

An all-party protest was conducted on 2 October by the CPI, in which parties including the MDMK, DMDK, VCK and others took part.

AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa on Thursday said India should send relief materials to the ‘suffering’ Sri Lankan Tamils caught in the ongoing military offensive in the North of Sri Lanka.

‘I demand that the government of India mobilise the necessary relief materials for the Sri Lankan Tamil people suffering without food, clothing, shelter or medicines,’ she said.

However, the AIADMK and its ally MDMK, and the DMDK would stay away from the all-party meet as they described the meeting as just an ‘eye- wash and a past-time.’

MDMK chief Vaiko said, ‘Karunanidhi has no moral right to convene the meeting. The DMK-led government is a party to the Centre, which has been helping Sri Lanka by training its forces.

Indian radar personnel have trained the Lankan Air Force on accurate bombing, which killed thousands of Tamils.’

The MDMK on Friday held a demonstration in the city on the Lankan issue. Former AIADMK Minister Muthusamy and pro-LTTE leader Nedumaran also addressed the MDMK cadre.
- Sri Lanka Guardian

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