Cong, DMK caught off guard with Rajapaksa LTTE claim

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Cong, DMK caught off guard with Rajapaksa LTTE claim

Sunday, 23 September 2018 | Kumar Chellappan | CHENNAI

The disclosure by Mahinda Rajapaksa, the former President of Sri Lanka that the then UPA Government was kept informed by the then Government of the island nation about each and every stage of the final phase of the civil war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in May 2009 has left the DMK and Congress leaders perplexed.

Rajapaksa, during his recent visit to New Delhi to address the delegates of the Virat Hindustan Sangham led by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy had said that a team of officials from India and Sri Lanka were in the know of things about the progress of the war which led to the annihilation of the LTTE and its leader Prabhakaran. The former Sri Lankan president also said that India had cooperated with his country in the last stage of the civil war.

This led to the AIADMK Government in Tamil Nadu to declare on Friday that the party would organise public meetings all over the State on September 25 to inform the people how the DMK played a crucial role in the murder of Tamils in northern Sri Lanka.

The AIADMK Government got a shot in the arm as World Tamil Forum, an outfit floated by the Lankan Tamils based In Chennai declaring its support to the September 25 public meetings against the Congress-DMK axis. “We know that the DMK leaders were hand in glove with the Congress and the Sri Lankan military in murdering Tamils in northern Sri Lanka. The Tamils extend our support to the publlc meetings to be held in Tamil Nadu on September 25,” said Agni, coordinator of the Forum.

“The DMK has no role in that incident. What the AIADMK Government is trying to do is to divert the attention of the people from the corruption charges faced by the Edappadi Palaniswamy Government,” said TKS Elangovan, the official spokesman of the DMK.

Pon Radhakrishnan, Union Minister of State for Shipping, Highways and Finance said in Nagercoil that the disclosure by Rajapaksa exposed the hypocrisy and  double standard of the Congress and the DMK towards the  Tamils in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu. “The Congress should not be allowed to set its foot in Tamil Nadu. It is a party of cheats and crooks. What we should understand from Rajapaksa’s statement is that the Congress and the DMK were in secret alliance with the Sri Lankan military in the annihilation of 1.5 lakh Tamils in the May 2009 civil war,” said Radhakrishnan.

The Congress in Tamil Nadu, facing factionalism and group war, found it difficult to clear the doubts among the people about the approach of the party towards the Lankan Tamils. S Thirunavakarassar, president, TNCC, stated that the announcement by the AIADMK government to hold public meetings against the DMK was to create confusion in the Congress-DMK alliance. “A wave of anti-AIADMK statement  has begun sweeping the State. Hence protest meetings on the sri Lankan Tamil’s issue will never help the party save its Government or come back to power,” said Thiruvanakarassar.

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