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CPI not to use S Lankan Tamils issue as poll plank

india Updated: Apr 26, 2009 21:44 IST

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The CPI, an ally of the AIAMDK led front, on Sunday said it would not use the Sri Lankan Tamils issue as a poll plank, though the situation in the island nation was critical.

"The Sri Lankan Tamils problem has turned out to be critical and the killings of Tamils are continuing. However we (CPI) will not use this as a poll plank," party state leader D Pandian told reporters here today.

He said the Centre should talk directly with LTTE Chief Prabhakaran to find a solution to the Sri Lankan crisis, instead of approaching Sri Lankan government.

To a query on whether CPI would back Jayalalithaa as Prime ministerial candidate, following the footsteps of MDMK leader Vaiko and PMK founder Ramadoss, he said "We will decide about the Prime Ministerial candidate in Delhi after the elections".

He also clarified that Jayalalithaa had herself stated she was not in race for the post.

On Rahul Gandhi terming the Sri Lankan issue as 'very simple,'involving reducing the suffering of Tamil civilians in the island nation, he said "it is unfortunate that the son of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is issuing such statements"

He said CPI general secretary A B Bardhan, CPM general Secretary Prakash Karat and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar would pay a four day visit to Tamil Nadu from May 6 for campaigning for the may 13 polls.