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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2707

Provide Autonomous Status To Lankan Tamils – CPI (M)

By Ravikumar Balakrishnan in Chennai

Chennai, 23 January, ( Taking a dig at both the Central and State governments for its anti-people policies, the CPI(M) today decided to organize a week-long campaign tour across Tamil Nadu from 21 to 27 February.

According to a resolution passed at the party’s State Committee meeting held, the programme would be held in Chennai, Nagapattinam, Madurai, Tiruchi, Coimbatore, Dindigul and Kanyakumari in which CPI(M) leaders would participate.

On DMK’s victory in the Thirumangalam Assembly by-election, a resolution urged all democratic forces to come together to ensure that such electoral irregularities don’t happen in future.

The party alleged that the DMK had captured the constituency by misusing official machinery and with the help of money and goonda power.

As a result of the global economic meltdown, several industries were preparing to shut down which would lead to lakhs of workers losing their jobs. The power cuts in the State only aggravated the situation, the resolution said.

A resolution also wondered that when the Centre could reduce fuel prices for air travel then why not for petroleum products. It also accused the government of inviting 49 per cent foreign investment in the insurance sector and said it would be detrimental to the nation.

The resolution alleged that the ruling DMK has failed on all fronts right from the distribution of flood relief to issuance of housing pattas.

On the Sri Lankan ethnic issue, the CPI(M) sought a political solution in such a way that autonomous status is given to the Lankan Tamils.

Hence, the Centre should initiate steps to find a political solution in Sri Lanka and also pressurise the Lankan government through diplomatic means.CPI(M) State secretary N Varadarajan and other senior party leaders participated in the meeting.

- Asian Tribune -

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