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Lankan Prez has not kept promise on Tamil rights: Swamy

PTI  Madurai, August 13, 2009
First Published: 20:15 IST(13/8/2009) | Last Updated: 20:16 IST(13/8/2009)

Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy on Thursday alleged that the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse had failed to keep his promise to confer equal rights to Sri Lankan Tamils on par with the Sinhalese.

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Speaking to reporters here, he said political parties in Tamil Nadu had raised the Tamils issue only for elections but were keeping silent now.

"There is no justification for the so called pro-Tamil parties remaining silent on the Lankan Tamils issue now," he
said and flayed parties like AIADMK and MDMK.

He said the Union Government and the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu should press for providing equal right for Tamils.

On electronic voting machines, he said there was scope for their manipulation and they should be redesigned in such a way that the electorate get a print out of their vote.Voters could be asked to deposit the receipts in a separate box to maintain secrecy of the vote,he said.

The Election Commission should also answer why it was not possible to produce EVMs that can generate receipts.

 


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