DMK slams Sri Lankan Govt.

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The DMK today slammed the Sri Lankan government for denying its navy’s role in a recent attack on Tamil Nadu fishermen and demanded that a new accord be signed to establish Tamil Nadu’s rights once again at Katchatheevu, an islet ceded by India in 1974.

A resolution to this effect was passed at the party’s General Council meeting headed by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president M. Karunanidhi.

“A fisherman, N. Jayakumar, was killed brutally by the Sri Lankan Navy recently. The General Council strongly condemns the Sri Lankan government for denying its navy’s role in this attack,” the council, the party’s top decision making body said.

It said efforts should be taken (by the Centre) to “establish Tamil Nadu’s rights once again in Katchatheevu”. The islet was ceded by India to Sri Lanka in 1974 by way of an accord, making it a contentious issue since then.

Tamil Nadu fishermen have frequently charged the Sri Lankan navy with attacking them and killing many while fishing near Katchatheevu area, an allegation denied by Sri Lanka.

On the vexed issue of ethnic problem in neighbouring Sri Lanka, the general council resolved that the Centre should take efforts to ensure for devolution of powers to Tamils, as that alone would ensure co-existence (of the majority Sinhala and the minority Tamil communities).

Making a pitch for the controversial multi-crore Sethusamudram canal project, which has run into rough weather following opposition from Hindu groups and litigations, the council said the Centre should take efforts to complete it.

The project was flagged off in 2005 but later found opposition following a decision to dredge Ramasethu, believed to have been constructed by Lord Rama to cross to Sri Lanka.

In another resolution, the party reiterated its demand for regional autonomy and called for suitable amendments in the Constitution for this purpose. The DMK government had first passed a resolution in the Tamil Nadu Assembly in 1974 for regional autonomy.

The council also adopted a resolution for making Tamil one of the official languages of India. (PTI)

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  • dpl Thursday, 03 February 2011 04:02 PM

    srilanka will not take notice of ypu.please go and conway the secret massage to harmony Ms. Sonia, and old prime minister Mr. singh.

    RF Thursday, 03 February 2011 04:30 PM

    This is part and partial of the survival tacktics by the present TN government.... Not to worry they all will forget these things after May...

    Bird Eye Saturday, 05 February 2011 03:56 AM

    Sounds like "Indian LTTE" in the making.

    Thanga Thursday, 03 February 2011 10:44 PM

    This resolution has been passed with an eye on the forthcoming election. The DMK has passed several such resolutions in the past but the spineless Chief Minister Karunanidhi never wished to implement any of them, Kachchatheevu was ceded to Sri Lanka when Karunanidhi was the Chief Minister of TN, but he did sweet nothing. That was the time he was facing numerous corruption inquiries by the Central government. So he simply could not open his mouth!

    Cobra Friday, 04 February 2011 02:21 AM

    No way. Too tiny even for Karunanidhi's posterior!!!

    Anver Thursday, 03 February 2011 11:59 AM

    Once again, they are unable to give any solid proof that our navy did it.

    kalhari Friday, 04 February 2011 04:43 AM

    No point discussing these issues like wackos instead we must prove beyond doubt (sinse the said incident happened in Sri lankan waters) to the central govt of India which helped in no uncertain terms in eradicating the LTTE Menance though they had a hand in creating as our successive govts that our hands our clean and agree maybe to joint Naval excersise.

    Konde bendapu china Thursday, 03 February 2011 12:22 PM

    These Tamilnadu Governs slamming us since 1950 s ,So what

    Yehiya-Doha Thursday, 03 February 2011 12:44 PM

    Where the proof of all state terror in the country.

    Cobra Thursday, 03 February 2011 01:19 PM

    Sri Lanka is DMK's bread and butter so they slam us on every turn and not cat is worried!!!

    dutugamunu Thursday, 03 February 2011 01:18 PM

    Be cool guys .. Tamil Nadu elaction is due in May 11 .. they need some action ... thats all..

    Cobra Thursday, 03 February 2011 01:23 PM

    .....And another thing: They depended a whole lot form their Tiger pals to expand their kingdom, but having failed they are slamming us even harder now!!

    nagu Thursday, 03 February 2011 01:49 PM

    After Tamil Nadu elections..All will be forgotten...

    malkanthi Thursday, 03 February 2011 01:56 PM

    DMK seem a party that is looking for trouble, finding whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. They are never consistent. Poor followers!

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 03 February 2011 02:04 PM

    Wonder why they could not think of establishing the Tamil Eelam in Kachchaiteevu.

    Ezhilini Thursday, 03 February 2011 02:07 PM

    Should be Somali pirates then..


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