‘Congress, DMK failed to protect fishermen'

S. Sundar
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CLARION CALL:CPI national general secretary,A.B. Bardhan, addressing the State conference in Rajapalayam on Sunday.— Photo: G. Moorthy
CLARION CALL:CPI national general secretary,A.B. Bardhan, addressing the State conference in Rajapalayam on Sunday.— Photo: G. Moorthy

With the clarion call to defeat the Congress and its Tamil Nadu ally in the Centre, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam that failed to protect the Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Tamil fishermen, the 22{+n}{+d}State meet of Communist Party of India drew to a close on Sunday.

Addressing a public meeting, the party State secretary, D. Pandian, said his party proclaimed that the Congress and the DMK were the enemies of Tamils for their failure in not helping Tamil Nadu in various other issues also, like the Mullaperiyar and Cauvery River Water Disputes. 

The Congress in the State and DMK which is part of the United Progressive Alliance Government in the Centre did not raise their voice to get adequate assistance from the Centre for the people of Tamil Nadu who were affected by the Thane cyclone.

 "Even after two months, the cyclone destroyed lives and livelihood, the Centre's assistance had not reached Tamil Nadu," Mr. Pandian said.

He flayed the AIADMK government for the power cut continuing unabated in the State.  

The power cut has affected all the industries and students suffered a lot.  

"No one knows when the situation would improve," he added. He said his party never thought that the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, would increase the bus fare, when its leaders sought vote for the AIADMK in the Assembly election.

Party national secretary, D. Raja, said the party has been fighting in and out of the Parliament seeking to retrieve Katchatheevu.

 "While the agreement signed by India and Sri Lanka allowed Tamil fishermen to dry their nets and take rest in the island and also to fish around it, the Union External Affairs Minister, S.M. Krishna said that the access to the island is not understood to cover the fishing rights (of Tamils)," he said.

Mr. Raja wondered if Indian fishermen did not have right to fish around the island, why should there be provision allowing them to take rest there and dry their nets.  "Where does the need to go there arise at all," he said.

If the Centre did not come forward to review the agreement, then it is time to retrieve it for the sake of Tamil fishermen, Mr. Raja said.

The failure of Indian government in checking Sri Lankan navy from continuously killing the Tamil fishermen had emboldened the Italian commercial ship to shoot at the Indian fishermen in Indian waters off Kerala coast, he said.

The party national general secretary, A. B. Bardhan, asked the leaders to strengthen the hands of the party so that it emerged as a powerful force to unite Left and democratic forces to defeat the Congress and the BJP that were following the capitalistic ways.




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