CPI not to support any party in Sankarankoil

D. Pandian, CPI state secretary speaking at the state council meeting in Tiruchi on Thursday. ( From right)A.M.Gopu, honorary state president of AITUC, national executive member R. Nallakkannu and district secretary Indirajith are in the picture. Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam  

The Communist Party of India (CPI) will not support any party in the Sankarankoil by-election, its State Secretary D. Pandian said here on Thursday.

“We have decided not to support anybody in the by-election as it is not politically important and will not bring about any change. All are our friends,” he said while briefing reporters on the decisions taken at the party's day-long State council meeting.

Reiterating the CPI's demand for an international inquiry into allegations of war crimes in the last stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka, he urged the Indian government not to support Sri Lanka on the issue in the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Mr. Pandian welcomed the stand of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi on the issue.

India should stop all military and financial assistance to Sri Lanka and press the Sri Lankan government for an early political settlement within a specific timeframe.

The CPI cadre will observe fast in district headquarters in the State on March 6 to press the demands, stated a resolution adopted at the council. It appealed to political parties and all sections of people to participate in the agitation. Expressing concern over the deteriorating power situation, Mr. Pandian said that power cuts were increasing, affecting all sections of society. The government should initiate all necessary steps to find a solution quickly and overcome the shortage. The CPI supported the commissioning of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project. The just demands of the local people, such as providing employment opportunities, should be addressed.

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