Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi should prevail upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee to pressurise the Sri Lankan government to give up military offensive against the Tamils in the island and initiate peace talks to find a solution to the ethnic crisis, PMK leader S. Ramadoss said on Sunday.

“If necessary the Chief Minister should visit Delhi along with all party leaders from Tamil Nadu,” Dr Ramadoss said in a statement here.

Genocide of Tamils

The PMK leader who had followed the Chief Minister’s appeal by sending a telegram to the Prime Minister seeking his “intervention to stop the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka”, said sending telegrams and organising public meeting would not produce desired effect. “The Chief Minister should talk to the Prime Minister. He must ask him to warn the Sri Lankan government.”

Dr. Ramadoss said Mr. Karunanidhi should make use of the unity among political parties in Tamil Nadu over the Sri Lankan Tamil issues and take steps to ensure peace talks.

Creamy layer

Dr. Ramadoss called upon political parties to come together to fight for removal of creamy layer among the Other Backward Classes (OBC) saying such a concept was posing a threat to the reservation in higher education.

He welcomed Union government’s decision to increase the income criterion for the creamy layer from Rs.2.5 lakh to Rs. 4.5 lakh a year, but vowed to fight for removal of creamy layer itself.

He expressed the hope that the increase in the ceiling of income would prevent the government from transferring more than 400 seats allotted to the OBC students in IITs and IIMs to the general category.

“But the threat will continue to persist in the future. The only way to prevent it is to remove the income ceiling. The efforts should begin from Tamil Nadu, the birth place of social justice movement,” he added.