TN Assembly to make "final appeal" to centre on Lankan issue
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi would move an official resolution in the state Assembly tomorrow making a "final appeal" to the Centre to "save the Tamil race from annihilation in Sri Lanka."india Updated: Jan 23, 2009 01:02 IST
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi would move an official resolution in the state Assembly tomorrow making a "final appeal" to the Centre to "save the Tamil race from annihilation in Sri Lanka."
The government's resolution comes at a time when the Sri Lankan army is poised to make a final push against the LTTE in the outfit's last bastion of Mullaithevu in the island's north where a large population of Tamils are said to have been stranded.
The top LTTE leadership including its supremo V Prabhakaran is said to be holed up in the area.
A resolution seeking the Centre's intervention in the Sri Lankan Tamils issue was passed in the previous session of the assembly and Karunanidhi later led a delegation of leaders in December to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue.
Political parties in the state have been making a strong plea for immediate Centre intervention to stop the army offensive in the island nation.
The PMK, a constituent of the ruling UPA at the Centre, has accused the state government of slackening its stand on the issue.
Karunanidhi, renewing his appeal to the Centre to take steps to find an amicable solution to the ethnic strife, had last week said he was disappointed that the date for the trip of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee to Colombo was yet to be finalised.
First Published: Jan 23, 2009 01:02 IST