Express News Service
16 Oct 2008 10:05:21 AM IST
CHENNAI: AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa has criticised Tuesday’s all-party meeting resolution on en masse resignation of MPs on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, while the MDMK and the PMK have extended support to it.
In a statement here on Wednesday, the AIADMK leader described the resolution as an eyewash and the threat of resignation as a drama staged by the DMK. “It will not serve any purpose,” she said. “If Karunanidhi is really concerned about the safety of Tamils, he should have asked his DMK Ministers to put pressure on the Central government on the Lankan issue.”
Jayalalithaa said the Centre, which followed a policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka, could now send National Security Advisor M K Narayanan to Sri Lanka to speak on behalf of the Tamils and the Chief Minister might claim this as his victory. She wanted to know why the Chief Minister did not ask his MLAs to quit the Assembly en masse before completing their full term.
The MDMK, an alliance partner of the AIADMK, and the PMK offered to ask their party MPs to resign in protest on the issue. In a statement here, MDMK founder-leader Vaiko said his party was ready to ask its MPs to resign. The Tamil Nadu government should withdraw support to the UPA government at the Centre on the Tamils issue.
In a statement here, he said the Union Ministers from the state should quit if the Centre failed to act on protection of Lankan Tamils. He claimed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s letter, which was sent to him some time ago, mentioned India’s military support “to protect the integrity of Sri Lanka.” The PMK, an a resolution at its executive meeting held at Thailapuram, near Dindivanam, welcomed the resolution. PMK chief Dr Ramadoss said his party MPs were ready to resign in protest.