Act on Lanka or we’ll quit: TN MPs to Govt
Eight political parties in Tamil Nadu led by the DMK said all 39 Lok Sabha MPs from the state “might be constrained to resign en masse” if the Centre fails to take steps within two weeks to “stop the ongoing war in SL”.india Updated: Oct 15, 2008 00:30 IST
Eight political parties in Tamil Nadu led by the DMK on Tuesday said all 39 Lok Sabha MPs from the state “might be constrained to resign en masse” if the Centre fails to take steps within two weeks to “stop the ongoing war in Sri Lanka”.
They said the central government must ensure that the continued killing of Tamils for nearly three decades comes to a halt and normalcy is restored in the island nation.
The all-party meeting called by the DMK was boycotted by the major Opposition party, the AIADMK and the BJP and other regional parties.
AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa questioned the legitimacy of the DMK convening the meeting as it is part of the central government.
The eight parties whose leaders attended the meeting include the DMK, Congress, CPI, CPI-M and PMK. The eight parties and two defectors from the MDMK account for 37 Lok Sabha seats from Tamil Nadu.
Expressing anguish at the plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, the meeting said that even infants are not being spared in the latest military offensive by the Lankan forces.
The meeting was presided over by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.
Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, who endorsed Jayalalithaa’s call to boycott the meeting, said it turned out to be a gathering of “pro-LTTE parties”.
The meeting urged the Centre to immediately stop providing arms and military-related equipment to the Sri Lankan Government as they were being used against the Tamils in that country and “accentuating the genocide” even if India’s
assistance was based on a “good neighbourly sentiment”.
Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K.V. Thangkabalu said after the meeting, “The entire Tamil community is behind Mr. Karunanidhi on this issue.” He said the decisions taken at the meeting were unanimous.
First Published: Oct 15, 2008 00:28 IST