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TN House Against Lanka

(November 12, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Tamilnadu Assembly passed a resolution urguing the Indian government to persuade its counterpart in Sri Lanka to announce a ceasefire to the ongoing war there (between the Lankan forces and the LTTE).

The State Assembly also urged the Centre to take efforts to ensure that peace prevails in places where Tamils resided and address their grievances through a dialogue process.

After the Question Hour, Leader of the House K Anbhazhagan introduced the resolution at the House on the Lankan issue. Chief Minister M Karunanidhi also moved the resolution on behalf of the State government.

According to the resolution, ‘for over four decades, the Lankan Tamil issue remains unsettled. Several political parties and Tamil organisations have voiced their support for them. The only way to wipe their sorrow is by initiating a ceasefire. The Sri Lankan government should come forward to stop the war and pull back its troops’.

The resolution further said that the Indian government should take appropriate efforts to ensure a political solution is arrived at only after a dialogue between the two adversaries in the neighbouring nation.

After the resolution was passed, members of various political parties spoke welcoming it. Thanking the Chief Minister, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal MLA Ravikumar said, ‘ the resolution is passed at an appropriate time when the Sri Lankan President is on a visit to India.’

Balabharathy (CPM) said ‘the Sri Lankan government should initiate casefire without any pre-conditions’, while GK Mani (PMK) urged the House to persuade the Indian government to stop giving any assistance in future to Sri Lanka if they didn’t come forward to annouce a ceasefire.

Meanwhile, pandemonium prevailed in the House following a wordy duel between the Congress and the MDMK and the CPI MLAs over the Lankan issue.

MDMK MLA Kannappan stated that the Indian government had been lending an helping hand to the Sri Lankan military. Intervening, Congress MLA Gnanasekaran denied the allegations and said such charges do not augur well when a resolution is passed urging the Sri Lankan government to stop the war.

Stating that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had accepted, in a letter to Vaiko, of having helped the Sri Lankan military, Kannappan said, ‘External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had also accepted the fact that the Indian government had helped its counterpart in the neighbouring island nation’.

This resulted in exchange of words between the Congress and the MDMK MLAs.CPI MLA Sivapunniyam reiterated Kannappan’s charges against the Union government. All hell broke loose after he made a remark on the Congress party. Noisy scenes prevailed in the House and the Congress MLAs urged the Speaker to expunge his remarks.
- Sri Lanka Guardian

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