Tamils in Srilanka must have a peaceful life without any fear.
AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa clarified on 7-7-2010 [Dinamalar] her stand on the LTTE, saying that she did not condemn the annihilation of the LTTE in War.
“What I condemn is the wanton killing of LTTE activists surrendering, waving white flags before the Sri Lankan Armed forces. What I condemn is the killing of 50,000 unarmed civilians coming out of their bunkers, lured into believing that the war had come to an end,” she said in a statement.
Joining issue with Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue vis-à-vis her opposition to the LTTE, she said the Chief Minister’s idea was to paint her as anti-Tamil. She said right through the 1980s, former Chief Minister MGR and she supported the LTTE-led struggle for the rights and freedom of the Tamil masses of Sri Lanka. “But when the killings of Tamil moderates, members of rival Tamil militant groups and finally the former Prime Minister of India took place, it was obvious that the outfit of freedom fighters had turned into terrorists. From that point onwards, I had the courage to oppose the LTTE” she added.
Ms.Jayalalithaa admitted that she did say that some civilian casualties were inevitable during the war.
“It is so with practically every war the world has seen. However, Mr. Karunanidhi deliberately chooses to mix up civilian fatalities caused during war with the planned mass killing of civilians using banned weapons after he [Mr. Karunanidhi] had announced the end of the war.
After the conclusion of the world classical Tamil meet in Coimbatore, chief minister M Karunanidhi indicated on Monday[28-6-2010] that he was not planning to retire from politics in the near future. However, when reporters persisted with the query, he joked: “You tell me the date, I will quit.”
“I never said I will retire from politics (after the world classical Tamil meet),” he told the media here. Last December, he stunned DMK cadres and leaders by declaring that he wanted to quit electoral politics after successfully completing the world Tamil conference.
Asked if the assembly elections due in May 2011 would be advanced, the chief minister said, “We have organized such a grand Tamil conference, why talk about assembly elections now?”
On December 5, 2009, barely five months after his younger son, MK Stalin, was elevated as deputy chief minister, Karunanidhi had said: “I want to work for the downtrodden, without the trappings of power.” He made the remarks at a function organised by Arunthathiyars to thank him for the sub-quota offered to the community.
We want all the political leaders in Tamil Nadu leaving their party ideologies must come forward to condemn the killings of Tamils in Srilanka and to give a helping hand for their peaceful living without any fear from Rajapaksa Government.
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