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Karunanidhi asks people to send telegrams to PM

Jayalalithaa’s stand “inconsistent”

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Sunday called upon the people to send telegrams to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to “intervene immediately and stop the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka.”

In a statement, the Chief Minister urged the Centre “to treat the appeal as a distress call and of national importance.”

“The Indian government should protect the Tamils from the incessant attacks by the Sinhalese Army, by taking steps to stop the war and find an amicable solution to the ethnic crisis. It should keep in mind the unwanted incidents that happened so far and should not allow genocides in future,” he said.

The DMK has organised a public meeting to condemn the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

In a separate statement, Mr. Karunanidhi accused AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa of being inconsistent on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

Recalling the resolution adopted by her in the State Assembly that if the Sri Lankan Army was not able to capture LTTE chief Prabakaran, the Indian army should assist it and bring him to Tamil Nadu, Mr. Karunanidhi said that on another occasion she questioned the training given by the Indian Army to the Sri Lankan Army.

“She also wanted Indian Prime Minister to bring Sri Lankan Prime Minister to India and express his condemnation. On another occasion, she gave an interview to the media, saying that I did nothing for the LTTE. Then she started visiting Delhi, demanding the dismissal of my government on the ground that I was a supporter of the LTTE. She just speaks whatever comes to her mind,” he said.

Reacting to Ms. Jayalalithaa’s allegation that the Chief Minister failed to control the price rise, he said it could be difficult for her to understand ‘Re 1 per kg rice’ scheme and distribution of spices and condiments at Rs. 50.

Mr. Karunanidhi said that Ms. Jayalalithaa had complained that the Parithimar Kalaignar Memorial House was in a state of neglect. At that time the government gave a detailed explanation contesting her allegation. Later, she issued a statement complaining of irregularities in recruitment of assistants in central cooperative banks. But the government clarified its position on this too. “Now she is talking about price rise,” the Chief Minister said.

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