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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

Karunanidhi lists out the contradictions Jayalalithaa is on Lankan Tamils issue

By Gopal Ethiraj

Chennai, 11 June ( For the AIADMK The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. KarunanidhiThe Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhileader Jayalalithaa the Sri Lankan Tamils issue is "only at the time of elections" affair. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi slammed his arch rival so on Wednesday.

In his usual letter to his party cadre in Murasoli, he alleged Jayalalithaa had justified killings of Tamils in Sri Lanka during the armed conflict by saying civilian deaths were common in a conflict zone.

Jayalalithaa had also tabled a resolution in the State Assembly demanding arrest and extradition of LTTE leader Prabakharan in connection with the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, he said.
"She boycotted many pro-Lankan Tamils events initiated by DMK government such as the all-party meeting, the human chain, and the all-party delegation that met the Prime Minister.

"She took up the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, including her demand for a separate Eelam, only at the time of elections," Karunanidhi pointed out.

His government, he said, took various steps for the welfare of Lankan Tamils, including setting up of the Sri Lankan Tamils Relief Fund and despatching relief material to affected Tamils in the island nation.

DMK ministers and MPs had met UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to step up aid to Lankan Tamils, Karunanidhi said, claiming it was due to DMK's persistent efforts that the Centre had agreed to allocate Rs 600 crore to Sri Lanka for rehabilitation of the Tamils.

Jayalalithaa supported the Rs 2,400 crore Sethusamudram project in the 2004 Lok Sabha polls and 2006 Assembly elections but campaigned against the shipping canal project during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, Karunanidhi charged.

- Asian Tribune -

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