The issue of "genocide" of Tamils in Sri Lanka on Wednesday sparked uproar in the Rajya Sabha with AIADMK charging arch-rival DMK with enacting a "great resignation drama" and accusing UPA government of being an "active collaborator" by providing weapons to that country.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, D Siva (DMK) claimed efforts were on to "wipe out" Tamils from the island nation and urged the Prime Minister to intervene to stop the "genocidal attack". He also alleged over 300 Indian fishermen had been killed by Sri Lankan Navy.
The DMK member said the issue could not be resolved militarily and there should be a political solution. He said India should not provide military aid to Sri Lanka.
A Maitreyan (AIADMK) accused the UPA government of not only remaining "passive and silent", but also working as an "active collaborator" by providing arms and radar system to Sri Lanka.
When he alleged that the Centre was now "pretending to act", Congress member Jayanthi Natarajan immediately sprang to her feet and shot back "this is totally wrong". This led to shouts and counter-shouts between Congress and DMK on one side and the AIADMK on the other.
"DMK has woken up from deep slumber....Now a great resignation drama is being enacted. If the DMK ministers are really interested in resignation, the correct address (for putting in papers) is 7, RCR (PM residence) and not DMK headquarters in Chennai," the AIADMK leader said.
He demanded that New Delhi should stop supplying arms and radar system to Colombo.
Describing the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka as "miserable", D Raja (CPI) said it was a matter for concern not only for Tamil Nadu but for the entire country. He said over 70,000 Sri Lankan Tamils were living in Tamil Nadu.
Raja said India cannot remain a mute spectator to the developments in the island nation and asked the UPA Government not to extend military aid either clandestinely or openly.
The government should also strive for a political solution to the "full-scale war" against the Tamil community, he added.
T K Rangarajan (CPI-M) alleged that the Sri Lankan Army instead of fighting terrorists were killing innocent Tamils. "The issue cannot be settled through army operation. It needs a political solution," he said adding, India has a great role to play in this.
Su Thirunavukarasar (BJP) accused the UPA government of giving arms and ammunition to Sri Lanka for use against innocent Tamils, forcing two lakh people from the community to take shelter in jungles.
He said the Sri Lankan government was not allowing Human Rights Commission to find out the ground reality and preventing distribution of medicines by the Red Cross Society.
The BJP member also asked the UPA government to raise the matter in the United Nations.