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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2526

Karunanidhi keeps off 'Nalini clemency' campaign

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

New Delhi, 14 October (Asiantribune.com ): Muthavel Karunanidhi is in no mood to toe a line different from Delhi on Sri Lanka's ethnic issue. Whatever be his earlier sympathies, he is generally keeping off the LTTE. He did not meet the pro-LTTE delegation of parliamentarians from Sri Lanka who were here last month. While he has taken the cue obviously from his local political rival Jayalalithaa Jayaram, Delhi administered a snub to the delegation with Prime Minister following the Karunanidhi example.  Muthuvel Karunanidhi: "I would be happy if she is released. But I will not exert pressure on anybody." Muthuvel Karunanidhi: "I would be happy if she is released. But I will not exert pressure on anybody."

Now this same 'hands –off' approach is visible even on the demand for clemency being made by Dalit Panthers of India (DPI). A week ago, when the DPI leader Thirumavalavan made the demand in his very presence at Madurai, Karunanidhi observed studied silence. He has since broken his silence only to say that he will not intervene for securing the release of Nalini, who is languishing in jail for her role in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in May 1991.

"I would be happy if she is released. But I will not exert pressure on anybody," he told reporters in Chennai when asked about DPI leader Thirumavalavan's demand in this regard.

Nalini, who married LTTE activist Murugan, and has a child was initially sentence to death but the sentence was later commuted to life term at the request of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

-Asian Tribune -

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