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Wants Sri Lanka to spell out political package for Tamils

CHENNAI: Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss on Tuesday called upon Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to pressure Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi to urge the Sri Lankan government to spell out the political package for the ethnic question.

Addressing a public meeting at T. Nagar, the PMK leader welcomed the resolutions adopted by the all-party meeting earlier in the day and described them as a beginning.

He contended that the Sri Lankan government had never made public in the last 50 years the political package it wanted to offer to solve the Tamils’ issue. “Should there be a federal set up with a provision for self-determination or a separate country?” he asked.

Reiterating his party’s stand, Dr. Ramadoss said Tamil Eelam was the only solution and his party was articulating this since its inception.

‘Unfortunate’

He termed the boycott of the all party meeting by parties such as the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Bharatiya Janata Party unfortunate. They should have attended the meeting and expressed their views.

Calling for a change in foreign policy of the Centre towards Sri Lanka, he said there was perceptible difference between the policy followed during Indira Gandhi’s tenure and the one followed subsequently.

When the Centre accepted the demand for Palestine as a separate country why could it not apply the same yard stick for Sri Lankan Tamils, he asked. India should not remain a mute spectator when the Tamils were treated like second-class citizens.

He said though his party did not have anything to do with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, it regarded the LTTE as an organisation working for the liberation of Tamils.

G.K. Mani, PMK president, said his party would work hard until Tamil Eelam was created.

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