The Tamil Nadu assembly, through a unanimous resolution, has urged the Centre to “exercise its clout and influence” to get the Sri Lankan government to declare a ceasefire in the island nation.
Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Wednesday moved the resolution specifically pressing for the Lankan army to pull back to its old position and pave the way for relief material to reach the Tamil population in the northern parts of Lanka.
Addressing the concerns of most mainstream parties and groups in the state that have been organizing demonstrations for six weeks now, the resolution assumes significance as Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is in India. Without mentioning the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the resolution said a ceasefire was imperative, “as that is the only way to mitigate the sufferings of the Sri Lankan Tamils”.
All parties including the AIADMK, Congress, CPI-M, CPI, PMK, MDMK and Dalit Panthers of India backed the resolution unanimously.