Karunanidhi flays Jaya on Lankan Tamils issue

Last Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 15:29

Chennai: Continuing the war of words over the Lankan Tamils issue, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Friday slammed his arch rival and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for initially criticising the Prime Minister for his statement in Parliament on a US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka and later welcoming India`s stand while claiming credit for herself.
"The same Jayalalithaa who criticised the Prime Minister
saying he had made a non-committal reply (on India supporting
the resolution against Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes at the
UNHRC) and that it was regrettable, has now thanked the Prime
Minister," he said in a party statement.

Taking a dig at the chief minister for saying that she
had moved a resolution in the Assembly last year seeking
economic sanctions against Sri Lanka, Karunanidhi recalled
that she had also moved a resolution in April 2002 seeking
extradition of slain LTTE chief V Prabhakaran to India.

He said she had arrested LTTE supporters under the then
POTA laws and charged her with misleading the people now by
saying that she had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
demanding that New Delhi back the resolution.

Responding to her description of his party`s activities
in this regard as a "drama," the DMK chief recalled
Jayalalithaa`s statement in 2009 saying civilian casualty was
common, when the conflict between Lankan army and LTTE was at
its peak, and that India did not have the right to stop the
war.

"Isn`t it a drama to conceal all those (facts) and now
write letters and issue statements seeking India`s support for
the resolution," the DMK patriarch said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 15:29

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