Chennai: AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa on Tuesday
alleged that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi`s remarks
on slain LTTE chief V Prabhakaran was an open acknowledgement
that he condoned the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and asked
the Congress to realise the "true mindset" of its alliance
"Karunanidhi faults me for piloting a resolution in the
Assembly urging Sri Lankan Government to arrest Prabhakaran
and hand him over to India to face trial in the Rajiv Gandhi
Assassination case. I am not surprised," she said.
Jayalalithaa`s hard-hitting statement came in response to
Karunanidhi`s charge that she was instrumental in Tamil Nadu
Government passing a resolution demanding a ban on the LTTE
and extradition of Prabhakaran to face trial in India.
She alleged the Jain Commission, which probed the
conspiracy angle of Rajiv Gandhi assassination, had indicted
Karunanidhi for his role in "facilitating Rajiv Gandhi
"Karunanidhi`s recent statement is an open
acknowledgement of the fact that he condoned the killing of
Rajiv Gandhi and is still upset over my demand for
Prabhakaran`s extradition," she said.
"It is now for his (Karunanidhi`s) friends in Congress
party to draw conclusions on their alliance partner’s true
mindset," the former chief minister said.
Jayalalithaa said she was amused by Karunanidhi`s latest
"fulminations" in reaction to her statement that he should be
indicted as "a war criminal" for his role in causing what she
alleged "wanton killing of more than 50,000 innocent, unarmed
Sri Lankan Tamil civilians", when they came out of the safety
of their bunkers believing that the war had come to an end.
"His statement is a typical attempt to obfuscate
issues to confuse the people. But, in the process, he reveals
the perverted nature of his thought processes," she charged.
"Karunanidhi also faults me for having passed another
Assembly resolution that no member of the `banned LTTE should
be allowed to gain entry into India`. It is not in my nature
to hobnob with or be soft on elements from banned
organisations," she said.
Admitting that she had stated that some civilian
casualties were inevitable during war, she said Karunanidhi
deliberately chose to mix up civilian fatalities caused during
war with the alleged "mass killing" of civilians using banned