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'Pro-Rajapaksa stand reason for ill-treatment of SL Tamils'

The CPI today said the Centre's pro-Rajapaksa stand was the main reason for Sri Lanka's "continued ill-treatment" of Tamils in that country.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2011 16:42 IST

The CPI on Sunday said the Centre's pro-Rajapaksa stand was the main reason for Sri Lanka's "continued ill-treatment" of Tamils in that country.

"Instead of standing behind the Tamils and making efforts to find a lasting solution, the government, for reasons best known to it, continue to support Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa," CPI national secretary D Raja told a press conference in Coimbatore.

He said there was a need to find a political solution to the problem of Lankan Tamils.

"Tamils there do not want sympathy or money from the government for their rehabilitation, but to establish their right to live with dignity as a citizen," Raja said.

The Left leader alleged fishermen from Tamil Nadu were continuously being attacked by Sri Lankan Naval force and UPA government was still remaining as "mute spectator".

In yet another attempt on a politician, Agricultural minister Sharad Pawar was on Thursday (November 24) attacked by Harwinder Singh. Singh attempted to assault Sharad Pawar at the NDMC auditorium in Delhi. Harwinder Singh is the same man who had assaulted former telecom minister Sukh Ram last Saturday."

He claimed the state government had taken a conflicting stand in connection with commuting the death sentence of three convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Though ruling AIADMK was a party to the unanimous resolution passed in the Tamil Nadu Assembly to reconsider the mercy petitions, it supported the death sentence in the High Court, he said.

"The chief minister should reply to this," he said.