AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa on Tuesday asked the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to clarify his stand on LTTE, while expressing her firm opposition to the banned organisation.
"Our stand is clear on the LTTE issue. It was my government which was instrumental in banning the LTTE. But, Karunanidhi should clarify his stand on the issue. He had recently stated in the Assembly that the ban on the LTTE was debatable. You (media) should ask Karunanidhi what he meant by that statement," Jayalalithaa told reporters after the AIADMK executive meeting in Chennai.
"The AIADMK is noting with concern the sufferings of Tamils in Sri Lanka. We are for a solution which will ensure equal rights and dignity for Tamils. At the same time, the AIADMK will not support a terrorist organisation like the LTTE. We have always opposed terrorist and extremist organisations."
When asked about MDMK leader Vaiko's support for the LTTE, she said "he had not spoken in support of the LTTE in my presence."
She denied that rocket shells and launchers were manufactured in Tamil Nadu during the AIADMK regime. "Following the seizure of weapons in Andhra Pradesh, which were transported from Tamil Nadu and the attention it has drawn at the national level, Karunanidhi is trying to blame the previous AIADMK government."
Jayalalithaa said the DMK government's reasons for suspending Prem Kumar and Marimuthu were false and reiterated that both are honest and sincere officers.
Answering a question, she said that the AIADMK was thinking of taking legal action to transfer the murder case against Azhagiri, son of Karunanidhi, who is on bail after being arrested in the Kiruttinan murder case, from Tamil Nadu to another state.
She criticised Karunanidhi for "using" IAS officers for replying to her statements. "If Karunanidhi has the ability, he should answer my statements which are political in nature. It is unfortunate that IAS officers are being used as pawns by Karunanidhi to issue statements against me", she said.