Express News Service
First Published : 29 Oct 2008 02:53:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 29 Oct 2008 11:39:01 AM IST
CHENNAI: Two days after Chief Minister M Karunanidhi put an end to the question of MPs from Tamil Nadu quitting their jobs on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue after meeting External Affair Minister Pranab Mukherjee, voices of dissent are being raised by various parties in the state, demanding an immediate ceasefire in the island nation.
At a press conference here on Tuesday, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) founder Thol Thirumavalavan said that ensuring a ceasefire was of paramount importance. He said the resignation of MPs should not be given up but deferred until at least the ceasefire is announced.
P Nedumaran, coordinator of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Supporters Coordination Group, demanded convening of an all party meeting by Karunanidhi. Nedumaran said the people of Tamil Nadu were disappointed over Mukherjee’s silence on the demand made at the all party meeting on the cessation of military support to Sri Lanka.
Taking a dig at AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa, he said, “Those who are terming LTTE as terrorists do not know the real history of the 25 year-old liberation struggle’.
Quoting the recent Express survey, Thirumavalavan said 71 per cent of the state’s people favoured LTTE as a sole representative of Tamils in Sri Lanka.
PMK founder S Ramadoss said the revival of support to the Eelam cause in Tamil Nadu has led to some positive steps by Indian Government. After nearly 20 years, Chennai is being involved in the talks that were hitherto held between New Delhi and Colombo.
CPI leader T Pandian has also resented the Centre’s silence on the demand for a ceasefire.
He wanted representatives from Tamil Nadu in relief operations for Lankan Tamils.
Thirumavalavan said 71 per cent of the state’s people favoured LTTE as a sole representative of Tamils in Sri Lanka. But he doesn’t know that only close to zero percent of Srilankan Tamils in Srilanka supports LTTE.
Perhaps some expatriate Srilankan Tamils want the war to continue (of course not by their participation as they are safely away!) because they have ‘invested’ in the war either by choice or by force. Pity!