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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2584

Tamil Nadu lawmakers renew pressure on Delhi for 'ceasefire' in 'Eelam War'

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 3 December, ( The Lanka Tamil issue is once again coming to the front pages in India with lawmakers from Tamil Nadu putting pressure on Delhi to ensure ceasefire in the Eelam War IV.

Significantly, the Congress leaders from the state have closed ranks with the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). Members of Indian Parliament of Congress, DMK, PMK, and the breakaway group of MDMK from Tamil Nadu and adjoining erstwhile French territory, Pondicherry MPs meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here and made out a case for India's intervention in Sri Lanka and immediate ceasefire.A delegation of MPs from Tamil Nadu calling on the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi on December 02, 2008.A delegation of MPs from Tamil Nadu calling on the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi on December 02, 2008.

DMK senior and India Minister for Shipping and Road Transport, T R Baalu, led the delegation which in essence was a ruling party affair as the opposition AIADMK and its allied boycotted it.

The two communist parties, CPI and CPI (M), which are allies of DMK at present, also boycotted the delegation.

Union Ministers from the state, P. Chidambaram, E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan, R. Dhanushkodi Adityan and R. Prabhu (all Congress), V. Radhika Selvi also did not join the 35-member strong delegation besides Dayanidhi Maran, who has patched up with his 'taatha' (grandfather) Karunanidhi

Chief Minister Muthavel Karunanidhi is coming to Delhi on Thursday Dec 4 at the head of another delegation; though it is described as an all-party affair, it will also have no representation from AIADMK which sees the exercise as stunt to garner some publicity for the ruling alliance.

Baalu said they presented a memorandum to the Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh demanding effective measures to 'stop' the war in Sri Lanka and to 'alleviate' the plight of ethnic Tamils.

"We wanted Prime Minister to view the issue more seriously", he said.

Like always, Prime Minister Singh assured the delegation that every thing would be done to find a political solution to find a political solution to the Sri Lankan Tamils' issue but did not elaborate. Not time-frame was mentioned by either side – PM or the delegation.

However, Kanimozhi, daughter of Karunanidhi and Parliament member expressed confidence that she was convinced that the Prime Minister would do something immediately going by the feelings expressed by him.

The delegation informed the Prime Minister of complaints that food, medicines and other relief materials sent by India had not reached the affected Tamils properly. Singh assured the delegation that he would take up the matter with Colombo.

Tami Nnadu Congress party president K.V. Thangkabalu said they had spoken of the need to quickly implement the Rajiv-Jayewardene accord in letter and spirit and said the accord provided the peaceful existence of Tamils within the framework of Sri Lanka.

-Asian Tribune-

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