Karunanidhi must act, says Bardhan

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Communist Party of India general secretary A.B. Bardhan on Thursday alleged that the Sri Lankan army was engaged in a virtual ‘genocide’ on Tamils and demanded the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government and the DMK government to take measures to protect them.

Speaking to reporters, he said the UPA and the DMK were not doing anything to solve the Tamils problem and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was busy in getting the nuclear deal with the United States signed. Had they facilitated a dialogue between the Sri Lanka government and the LTTE, it would have been a great achievement. Whatever happening in the neighbouring country had a direct bearing on the Tamils in the country.

Mr. Bardhan said that though the DMK was a constituent of the UPA government, it did very little to rehabilitate the refugees and people should teach that party a lesson in the Lok Sabha elections. Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi should realise that bandhs were of no use. Instead, he should take action to stop killing of innocent Tamils. It should be solved politically, as it was an emotional issue.

The CPI leader asserted that the third alternative was realisable. Asked whether left parties would join the government formed by the Third Front, he said there was no obstacle as such. But he made it clear that the left would not join a government led by the Congress. The UPA had disintegrated and the number of parties supporting the Third Front was increasing.

One cannot wish away Navin Patnaik of the Biju Janata Dal, Jayalalithaa of the AIADMK, H.D. Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal (Secular) and Chandrasekhara Rao of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayavati had made it clear that she would not support either the Congress or the BJP after the polls. It was a shame that the Congress had become a junior partner of the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal. This alliance would not change the electoral arithmetic drastically in the State, he said.

On his assessment of the BJP’s performance in Karnataka, he said there would be substantial reduction in the number of candidates from that party going to the Lok Sabha this time. In Andhra Pradesh, the Telugu Desam Party, the TRS and the two major Communist parties would unseat the Congress, which was showing money power. But the Election Commission was not stopping influence of money, he added.

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