Jaya slams PM on US resolution against Lanka

Jayalalithaa said PM`s statement made no reference to alleged human rights violations by Colombo.

Chennai: Dismissing as "non-committal" and
"futile" Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s statement on India`s
stand on the US-backed resolution against Sri Lanka at UNHRC,
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday said it made no
reference to alleged human rights violations by Colombo.

"He didn`t make any reference to human rights violations.
He has not said Sri Lanka will be condemned for these. This is
a non-committal and futile reply," she said reacting to
Singh`s statement in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

She said the PM had only said while he did not have the
final draft of the resolution, "India was inclined to vote for
it and that its objective was to ensure equality, self-respect
and dignity for the future of the Tamils."

Taking a dig at her archrival DMK chief M Karunanidhi for
announcing a fast and party high-level committee meeting on
the Sri Lankan issue, which he later withdrew citing Singh`s
reply, she said he had enacted a drama.

With parties in Tamil Nadu including UPA`s key ally DMK
mounting pressure to support the US resolution in United
Nations Human Rights Council against Lanka for its alleged war
crimes, the Prime Minister told the Lok Sabha that India was
"inclined to" vote in favour of the resolution which meets
"our objectives" with regard to the future of ethnic Tamils.

Jayalalithaa said there was no response from the Prime
Minister on her two letters to him on the issue.

His failure to make any mention about violation of human
rights by Sri Lanka was "regrettable", she said.

Attacking Karunanidhi, she said he had staged a similar
drama in 2009 at the height of the conflict between Sri Lankan
armed forces and the LTTE by staging a fast only to call it
off claiming that Home Minister P Chidambaram had conveyed to
him that a ceasefire had been declared.

The situation is similar now with the DMK chief having
called off the proposed fast based on the Prime Minister`s
statement, she, said adding Karunanidhi would do well not to
"re-enact such dramas" in the interest of Tamils.