Express News Service
Chennai, October 9: AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa on Thursday ridiculed her political rival and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for his appeal to ‘flood’ the Prime Minister’s Office with telegrams to save the lives of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka.
In a statement here on Thursday, she said instead of sending telegrams, Karunanidhi, as an important leader of a constituent in the Congress-led UPA Government, should exert pressure on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to call up the Lankan President and ask him to stop the genocide of Tamils.
The former Chief Minister said “Karunanidhi now came up with a brilliant idea that the people of Tamil Nadu should flood the Prime Minister’s Office with telegrams to exert pressure on the Prime Minister in response to her suggestion.” She recalled that while addressing a public meeting in the city on October 6 , the Chief Minister was driven to assert that his party was even prepared to withdraw from the UPA coalition, if it was necessary, to exert pressure on the Prime Minister.
The DMK leader, who in May 2004 went to New Delhi, directed the seven DMK representatives not to assume charges of their ministerial berths at the Centre unless the Shipping Portfolio was allotted to T R Baalu. “When it is an issue relating to the Tamil people, he merely pontificates from public platforms and asks people to send telegrams. So much for his so-called concern for the Tamil people,” she said. She also questioned Karunanidhi’s lack of commitment to the cause of Indian fishermen, who are being periodically killed by the Sri Lankan Navy.
Karunanidhi was trying to “characteristically wriggle out by accusing me of being whimsical and inconsistent in my policy on Sri Lankan Tamils.’’ “We recognize the rights of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka for equality with their Sinhala brethren. We recognize their demand for equality before law, equality in educational institutions and equality in employment.We recognize their struggle for self-determination and an autonomous Tamil homeland within the federal set-up of Sri Lanka.’’