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Vaiko warns govt against help to Lanka
Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi | November 26, 2006 22:17 IST
The ethnic tension in Sri Lanka between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has brought tension to New Delhi.
Vaiko, leader of Maumalarchi Dravida Munnethra Kazhagam will fast in New Delhi from Monday to oppose the "racist policy" of Sri Lankan government led by Mahinda Rajapakse against ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka.
While talking to media in New Delhi he said, "It has been undeniably established that the Sri Lankan government is perpetrating genocide against Tamils, with a diabolical design to decimate the Tamil population in Sri Lanka."
He presented his case against India providing any military assistance to Sri Lanka. He said that India should not commit the mistake of giving any kind of naval assistance to Sri Lanka.
He said, "The government should remember that Tamils have an ethnic relationship with Sri Lankan Tamils and are very concerned about the tragic plight of Eelam Tamils."
He warned that if India provided any kind of material or aid, which strengthens Sri Lankan armed forces than his party will launch an agitation in the streets.
Vaiko, who is part of the ruling alliance didn't criticise Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi but aimed his criticism at National Security advisor M K Narayanan and foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon.
Vaiko who met Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday has given in writing his displeasure against Menon.
Rajapakse has said that Menon called on him in Colombo recently and told him, "...all his Tamil friends have been killed by LTTE and he (Menon) was telling me only widows of his friends are left."
Vaiko said, "If what is reported is correct then such observations are "totally unwarranted and biased."
He said, "When Menon was High Commissioner in Sri Lanka he didn't help the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils."
Vaiko also strongly objected Narayanan's meeting with Douglas Devananada in New Delhi. Devananda is a Sri Lankan Tamil politician who is part of the ruling alliance and a supporter of Rajapakse.
He said that Devananda is an accused in a murder case of a lawyer in Tamil Nadu and still security people have not taken care to bring this to the notice of Prime Minister Singh who recently shook hands with him in Havana.
He alleged, "All stooges of Sri Lankan government are given encouragement by officers advising PM Singh."
He said, "Certain diplomats and bureaucrats are not providing correct picture of Sri Lanka's situation to PM Singh and FM Mukherjee. Both of them are unaware that A-9 highway which is important for North and East region of Sri Lanka is still closed."
He said, "Tamil population in and around Jaffna are subjected to virtual starvation by the deliberate economic blockade by closing of the A-9 highway to Jaffna."
Vaiko also opposed the opponent DMK for their move to install late Union Minister Murasoli Maran's statue in Parliament House. He said, "It only showed that the DMK is promoting its "family interests".
"I am sorry to say this... I respect Maran. But as a staunch cadre of the Dravidian movement, Maran cannot find a place in Parliament," He said.
He recommended that a statue of Periyar should instead have found a place in Parliament. He said that since many years he is demanding that Periyar's portrait be unveiled in the Central Hall.
Vaiko said, Maran family should not exploit power. "False glory should not be thrust on history," he added.