Urges Centre to prevail upon Sri Lanka to find amicable, democratic solution

The State Committee of the Communist Party of India (CPI) has resolved to fight relentlessly for the rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Presided over by the party’s State secretary D. Pandian, the committee that met here for the past two days focused on the Sri Lankan issue. It passed a resolution, in the presence of senior leader R. Nallakannau and district secretary M. Sekar expressing its determination to continue with the struggle, both relentless and with like-minded parties, till the rights of the “Tamil Eelam people” were restored fully.

The CPI took a dig at the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam for its “belated decision” to come out of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre.

The party noted that from 2009 to 2013, the innocent Tamils were confined to the so-called camps and were subjected to cruelties and even killings. The DMK, knowing very well the plight of the Sri Lankan Tamils, had not decided then to opt out of the UPA. Therefore, the much delayed pull out has not created the expected results in the formulation of the foreign policy in favour of the Sri Lankan Tamils, the committee said. It also noted with concern that the Centre, instead of taking efforts to strengthen the U.S- sponsored resolution against the Sri Lankan government in the United Nations Human Rights Council, went along with 25 countries in passing a diluted version of it.

The wording of the resolution ultimately turned out to be in favour of the Sri Lankan government as there was no mention about the tragic incidents that took place in the island nation in which lakhs of Tamils were massacred and yet there was no way of bringing to book those who were involved in such a blood letting.

The CPI called for dismantling of all “torture camps” in Sri Lanka and allowing the Tamils to return to their native places. The heavy concentration of Sri Lankan army personnel, currently deployed in Tamil areas, should be sent back to the barracks.

It further stated that the rightful houses and cultivable lands should be restored to the Tamils and due protection should be given to those Tamil speaking Sri Lankan citizens to return to their motherland.

The party called upon the Centre to prevail upon the Sri Lankan government to find an amicable and democratic solution to the issue so as to create a peaceful atmosphere.

Absorb workmen

In a resolution, the State committee called upon the Neyveli Lignite Corporation to include the names of the 4,313 workmen (who are to be absorbed into the INDCOSERVE as a prerequisite for regularisation of their services) before the conduct of elections to INDCOSERVE.

In another resolution, the CPI called for reconsideration of the suspension of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) members from the State Assembly for six months and sought an opportunity for the members to rectify their mistakes if they had acted in any way contrary to the dignity of the Assembly.

Cooperatives election

In yet another resolution, it called for proper conduct of the election to the cooperative societies.

In facing the cooperative polls, the CPI would allowthe local units to enter into agreement with honest individuals and friendly political parties.