TAMIL NADU

State intervention sought to end war

SEEKING ACTION: An MDMK functionary speaking at the fast observed by the party cadres in the city on Thursday.

SEEKING ACTION: An MDMK functionary speaking at the fast observed by the party cadres in the city on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: S. James

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Sever diplomatic ties with Sri Lanka, says MDMK

MADURAI: Various speakers at a day-long fast, observed by members of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) to condemn killing of innocent civilian Tamils in Sri Lanka, urged the Central and State governments to immediately intervene in the issue and stop the war.

In his inaugural address, party’s propaganda secretary Nanjil Sampath said that under the guise of war against the LTTE, the Sri Lankan armed forces allegedly killed several innocent Tamils.

The Centre must not have any diplomatic ties with Sri Lanka until the war was stopped. “The response from the Indian government that it is an internal affair of the island nation is not acceptable,” he said.

“Alliance intact”

Some forces in the State attempted to create a rift between the MDMK and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) utilising the Sri Lanka issue, Mr. Sampath alleged and added that the alliance with the AIADMK was intact.

MDMK’s Madurai urban district secretary Pudur M. Boominathan presided. Party functionaries M. D. Chinnachellam, Mahaboob John, and State youth wing secretary K. Alagusundaram spoke.

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