CPI calls for shutdown in Tamil Nadu over Sri Lankan Tamil issue

November 17th, 2008 - 7:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Chennai, Nov 17 (ANI): The Communist Party of India (CPI) convened an ”All-Party Meeting” in Chennai on Monday to decide their further course of action after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’’s statement in New Delhi on November 13 ruled out any possibility of a ceasefire till the rebels laid down their arms.
Participants at ”all-party meeting” decided to mobilize people to mount pressure on the Central government to intervene in the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka and to stop the war.
“The political parties unanimously demand (makes) an appeal to the people of Tamil Nadu to all the educational institutions, not only to the students, to the teachers, to the donors, the philanthropists who are running the institutions irrespective of their beliefs and creeds (that they) should close their institutions on 25th from morning 6”O clock to evening 6”O clock and observe a peaceful protest day to impress upon the central government that they should take up this matter in the right earnest and respect the sentiments of the Tamil people,” said T. Pandiyan, State Secretary CPI, Tamil Nadu.
Major political parties of the state including the ruling Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) did not participate in the all-party meet.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) says that its cadres are fighting to establish a separate homeland for Sri Lanka’’s Tamil minority, which it alleges has been marginalized by successive governments in Colombo led by the Sinhalese majority since independence from Britain in 1948.
But the Sri Lankan government says the LTTE rebels must be destroyed, because they are on a host of terrorism lists including those from the United States, India and Europe, and adds that it is increasingly confident of defeating them soon.
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has ruled out any Indian involvement in solving the conflict, which the New Delhi says must be solved through dialogue.
Sri Lankan government’’s special envoy to India had assured New Delhi that all humanitarian steps would be taken to protect the ethnic Tamils in the island nation during the ongoing military offensive against the LTTE.
The Indian government had decided to provide 800 tonnes of relief material to the civilian population in conflict-hit northern Sri Lanka.
Nearly 80,000 relief packets containing necessary life saving drugs, clothes and food material have already been dispatched to Sri Lanka. (ANI)

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