Special Correspondent

Ban on LTTE is debatable: Karunanidhi

CHENNAI: The State Government will not allow those working against the unity and integrity of the country to go scot-free, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi told the Assembly on Monday.

Replying to an adjournment motion moved by C. Gnanasekaran (Congress) on a rally taken out at Tirupattur in Vellore district on July 31 where, according to the Congress legislator, slogans were raised in favour of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Mr. Karunanidhi said it was only to express sympathy [with the suffering Sri Lankan Tamils].

"If the situation turns otherwise, the government will not remain a mute spectator."

He said though it was debatable whether the ban on the LTTE was right or not, one had to abide by the law so long as the ban was in force. Those violating the law had to face the consequences. The Chief Minister said the Revolutionary Youth Front (Puratchikara Ilaignar Munnani) had sought for the rally to condemn the Sri Lankan Government's policy towards Tamils.

The police gave it on condition that the rally would not be taken out on Tirupattur Main Road. Four hundred persons including 150 women took part.

He said district officials had written to him stating there was no tension in Vellore district following the demonstration and that the situation was being monitored.


Noting that the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka was unbearable, Mr. Karunanidhi said violence was, however, no answer to violence. Mr. Gnanasekaran said those who organised the agitation had demanded that the ban on the LTTE be lifted.