In a bid to steer clear of the controversy created by DMK supremo M Karunanidhi praising the slain LTTE leader Thamilselvan, Congress has reiterated that it was a banned outfit, which was involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Chairman of the AICC media department Veerapa Moily termed the Tamil Nadu CM’s statement as “the views of an individual with which his party did not concur.” On being asked about the impact of the statement on the UPA government as DMK is its important constituent, Moily said in an alliance the partners have their individual views – which does not reflect the combine’s collective thinking.
Disapproving Karunanidhi's statement, Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said: “We will not support eulogising of terrorism in any form and we will not forget the action perpetrated by the LTTE.”
BJP taunts Congress
The BJP accused the Congress of turning a “blind eye” to M. Karunanidhi's mourning the death of LTTE political secretary Tamilselvan.
BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said it only reflected the ruling party’s “lust” for power and its president Sonia Gandhi’s “helplessness”. He said the “elated tribute” by the CM to a “dreaded extremist group” that has officially been declared as a “separatist and terrorist organisation” was a matter of “grave concern”. He said, “Apparently, the lust of Congress party to cling to power at all costs at the Centre has obviously prompted them to turn a blind eye to such obeisance being paid by their leading alliance partner.”