DMK to protest outside Parl on Aug 12



Chennai: The Vaiko-led MDMK Friday announced staging a demonstration outside the Parliament on August 12, pressing for various demands on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, including calling upon New Delhi to cancel its trade and economic agreements with Colombo.

The party's top policy-making bodies including the Parliamentary Board took a decision in this effect today, and said that Vaiko will lead the demonstration.

The protest would demand for India cancelling its trade and economic agreements with Sri Lanka, and urge New Delhi to stop backing Sri Lanka in international fora and express its support for international probe against killings of Tamils in the island nation, the resolution said.

Vaiko will also lead a hunger fast on August 17, demanding the Tamil Nadu to uphold its rights in the Mullaperiar issue with its neighbour Kerala and condemn the latter for its stand on building a new dam in place of the existing one.

Tamil Nadu and Kerala are locked in a dispute over the Mullaperiar dam, with the latter proposing to construct a new reservoir amidst Tamil Nadu's opposition that it will be deprived of water if a new dam came up.

PTI