Jaya unhappy with PM`s response on SL Tamils issue
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 21:22
Chennai: As the Sri Lankan Tamils issue rocked Parliament for the second day, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday expressed issatisfaction over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's "non-committal" response on India's stand on the US-backed resolution against Colombo at the UNHCR and insisted that New Delhi support it.

"There was no commitment from the Prime Minister. AIADMK is not satisfied with the response," she told reporters acknowledging that she had received a letter from Singh in response to her two communications on the issue.

Jayalalithaa said she had received the response after she wrote two letters to Singh demanding that India back the US resolution against Sri Lanka for its alleged war crimes (during the last phase of the civil war in 2009).

"We will continue to press our demand that India should support the resolution against Sri Lanka," she said as political parties from Tamil Nadu kept up the pressure on the Centre on the issue.

The contents of Singh's reply to Jayalalithaa were not known but he had in another letter to DMK chief M Karunanidhi, who had also raised the issue, made clear that India attached "high priority" to the safety, prosperity and well-being of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka.

Addressing a campaign rally for the March 18 assembly byelection in Sankarankoil in Tirunelveli district, Jayalalithaa hit out at UPA questioning its committment towards Tamils.

"Soon after AIADMK came to power, we passed a resolution in the Assembly demanding that the central government take steps to declare as war criminals those who were involved in the genocide (of Tamils) in Sri Lanka and impose economic sanctions on that country," she told the rally.

However, the Centre did not take any action. Instead, reports suggest that India would oppose the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka. "This is the concern of Congress towards Tamils," she said taking a dig at the party.

Her remarks came on a day when the anti-Sri Lanka resolution issue continued to rock Parliament with her party members walking out from Rajya Sabha after tearing a copy of the statement made by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna in the House.


First Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 21:22

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