Vaiko gives Centre a piece of his mind

(October 03, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) Making his presence felt, MDMK general secretary Vaiko used a CPI- organised fast in Chennai as a platform to vent his ire over the Sri Lankan issue and to hit out at the UPA government at the Centre.

The MDMK leader, who took part in the fast organised to protest against the Lankan Army’s attack on Tamils, accused the Union government of ‘extending military support’ to Sri Lankan government.

‘The Indian government has been helping the Sri Lankan military. There is presence of Indian military technocrats in Sri Lanka.’

Stating that the Indian government was supporting the ethnic genocide of Tamils in the island nation, Vaiko said, ‘The Indian government is reluctant to help the Tamils who are starving and dying without medicines.

But it is helping the Sri Lankan Army with hardware and military advice from our experts.’

He also charged Chief Minister and DMK chief M Karunanidhi with indulging in double- speak on the Lankan row. ‘If you are really concerned over Tamils why did not you take steps to distribute food and medicine collected from the public for Lankan Tamils through the Red Cross?’ he asked.

Senior DMDK leader Panruti Ramachandran said the UPA government should take steps to protect the fishing rights of Indian fishermen in Kachatheevu. The Centre should also make sure that the Sri Lankan navy stops its ‘attacks’ on Indian fishermen.

CPI-M leader W R Varadarajan said the India government should play a vital role to find a solution to the ethnic conflict in the island.

VCK leader Thirumavalavan said all parties in the State, including the Congress and the DMK, should unitedly call for a strike to protest the attack on the Lankan Tamils.

We should also lead an all- party team to New Delhi to prevail upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about the urgency to find a solution to the ethnic crisis,’ he said.
- Sri Lanka Guardian