The proposed Commonwealth meet should not be conducted in Sri Lanka, a nation had methodically wiped out Tamils, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko has said.

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, Mr. Vaiko, who was here to receive an election fund of Rs. 1 crore raised by his party cadre, said Sri Lanka, which resorted to ethnic cleansing, was making all-out efforts with the backing of India to host the Commonwealth conference on November 17 and 18 to conceal the war crimes it had committed. If it succeeded it its attempt, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, “with his bloodstained hands” would be the chairman of the council for the next two years. Hence, the Tamils living across the globe, particularly the student community, should protest against the move to organise the meet in Sri Lanka, he said.

On its part, the Congress-led Central Government, which always acted against the interests of the Tamils, was trying to divert the attention by raising the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution issue. He recalled that the then Sri Lanka President J.R. Jayawardane, who signed an agreement guaranteeing the unification of north and eastern Sri Lanka where the Tamils lived in large numbers, immediately launched a “venomous campaign” against the move that added fuel to fire. The efforts being taken in a clandestine fashion by India and Sri Lanka on the issue of 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution would once again dilute the unresolved issues pertaining to Sri Lankan Tamils.

“The sacrifice of 19 Tamils, including Muthukumar, should not go in vain and hence the Tamils and everyone who believes in human rights and values, should raise their voice against conducting the Commonwealth meet in Sri Lanka,” Mr. Vaiko said.

He charged the Central Government of taking steps to supply power to Sri Lanka from Tamil Nadu. Expressing disappointment over the Tamil Nadu Government’s negative stance on withdrawing cases filed against the anti-Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project protestors, Mr. Vaiko said the entire nation was indebted to those involved in the anti-nuke struggle for the past 710 days in a non-violent manner for the welfare of this region. He appealed to the anti-nuke supporters to participate in anti-KKNPP struggle to be organised in Chennai on August 5.

On the referendum that the Congress had gained 3 per cent votes in Tamil Nadu, Mr. Vaiko said the national party and its allies in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls would be routed as Congress had always acted against the welfare of Tamils. “Let it be Cauvery or Mullaperiyar issue, fuel price hike, ethnic cleansing of Sri Lankan Tamils, wiping out the livelihood of Tamils, inflation etc., the Congress has always betrayed the Tamils and hence the Congress and its allies will have to face humiliating defeat in the forthcoming election,” he also said. Mr. Vaiko said the people respected his party, which was fighting for their cause though it was not in power and hence the MDMK would be a determining force in the next polls.