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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2644

Karunanidhi convenes an all a party meeting on Sri Lankan Tamils

Chennai, 25 November, ( Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Kalaigar. M. Karunanidhi has convened an All Party meeting to be held today, to discuss issues and concerns of collective stands of Tamil Nadu leaders on stopping the war in Sri Lanka by bringing back the Cease Fire Agreement between Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and also to discuss the next course of actions with the Tamil Nadu leaders on the Sri Lankan Tamils plights.

In the meantime, AIADMK chief J. Jayalalitha said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi should resign if he is serious about alleviating the sufferings of the Sri Lankan Tamils. "...he (Karunanidhi) should resign from chief ministership in Tamil Nadu as a matter of protest against what he calls the centre's inaction and seek a fresh mandate," she said..

At a hastily called press meet, Chief Minister Karunanidhi said even after the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has come forward for a ceasefire agreement, Sri Lanka Government has rejected that offer. Therefore to consider the next course of action Karunanidhi said yesterday that, he is convening the meeting of all party heads of the Tamil Nadu State Assembly.

"Two members from each party that is represented in the assembly, including the leader and the head of its legislature, have been requested to attend. The meeting has been called following personal discussions with the PMK leader S. Ramadoss," Karunanidhi told reporters here.

But, AIADMK, MDMK, and the Communist Party of India (CPI) has anounced that they will not be attending the meeting of all state party leaders Tuesday called by Karunanidhi to discuss "the worsening situation of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka".

CPI had attended on October 14 all-party meeting. AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa said her party would boycott the meeting.
Recalling the resolution passed at the all-party meeting on October 14 that the MPs from Tamil Nadu would resign if the Centre failed to intervene and help the Sri Lankan Tamils, Jayalalitha said the Chief Minister gave up the decision after External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee met him in Chennai.

-Asian Tribune -

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