Prabhakaran's death not confirmed yet: Karunanidhi
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today refused to believe that LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran had died, saying it is "not yet confirmed". Karunanidhi further said even pro-LTTE leaders in Tamil Nadu like Nedumaran have issued a statement saying that it is a "Sri Lankan lie". Timeline of the violence in Sri Lankaindia Updated: May 20, 2009 03:07 IST
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Tuesday refused to believe that LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran had died, saying it is "not yet confirmed".
<b1>Karunanidhi, who arrived in New Delhi from Chennai, said he had discussed the Sri Lankan issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi and they had assured him of "speedy efforts" to ensure rehabilitation of the Tamil population affected by the war.
"The news is not yet confirmed. I have nothing to say now on this issue," he told reporters when asked to comment on Prabhakaran's death.
Karunanidhi said even pro-LTTE leaders in Tamil Nadu like Nedumaran have issued a statement saying that it is a "Sri Lankan lie".
Karunanidhi said during his half-hour-long meeting with Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi he had stressed that the new UPA government should "focus more on safety of affected Lankan Tamils to provide them relief and new, peaceful life."
He said he had recalled the two leaders of their promise, which they made during their recent Chennai visit, to speed up rehabilitation and relief to the Tamils, ravaged by the war in the island nation.
"Both the PM and Congress president have said in clear cut terms that they would ensure the rights of the Tamils would be protected in Sri Lanka," the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said in reply to a question.
"They have also supported my suggestion and have assured they will take all steps in this regard," he added.
Recalling that the Eelam movement was five-decade-old, Karunanidhi said the recent developments in the island nation had now "put a question mark" to the struggle of Lankan Tamils.
"However, the efforts of the Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka will not go waste. Today, both the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi have assured that they will ensure peace in the country. DMK will stress that," he added.
Asked if DMK would stress for a change in the foreign policy of the UPA government so that India could intervene in Lanka, Karunanidhi said, "There is no agenda for a change in the policy."
To a query if he was satisfied with the Indian government's efforts in Sri Lanka, Karunanidhi quipped, "Are you satisfied with my answers."
First Published: May 19, 2009 23:10 IST