'Centre not taking any steps to solve Lankan crisis'
PMK, a constituent of the ruling UPA at the Centre, came down heavily on the Manmohan Singh Govt by charging it with not taking any steps to solve the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.india Updated: Nov 01, 2008 19:39 IST
PMK, a constituent of the ruling UPA at the Centre, on Saturday came down heavily on the Manmohan Singh government by charging it with not taking any steps to solve the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.
PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss told reporters in Chennai that even after an all party meeting on October 14 had passed resolutions urging the Centre to take action for the protection of Tamils in Sri Lanka, the government failed to do anything on the matter.
He also charged the DMK government with not prevailing over the Centre to ensure a cease-fire in the island nation and said instead, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi was deviating from the issue by collecting funds for the Tamils there.
"The state government has totally got deviated in collecting funds. Instead of doing this, they should warn the Centre to take immediate steps to persuade Sri Lanka to stop the war against the Tamils in the island nation," he said.
"We are not against collecting funds. However, it alone will not solve the problem there," he said.
He alleged that about 60,000 Sri Lankan Tamils were killed and more than 1,800 Hindu temples were destroyed in the ongoing army offensive in the island republic.
Ramadoss urged the state government to openly warn the Centre against its 'slow attitude' in solving the ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka.
On some political parties, which boycotted the all party meeting, issuing statements criticising the resolutions, he said, "after criticising, why they did not come out with any alternative plan for solving the crisis.