UPA government should be sensitive to Sri Lankan Tamils: BJP

February 13th, 2009 - 7:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday accused the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of being ‘insensitive’ towards the cause of the Sri Lankan Tamils.
“The decades-old ethnic conflict of the country (Sri Lanka) can not be resolved by using brutal force and the central government is behaving insensitively towards the issue,” BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani said.

Advani was addressing activists and leaders of the MDMK and pro-Eelam organisations who were on a day-long fast here under the leadership of MDMK leader Vaiko.

The focus of the entire nation should be towards ending the sufferings of the innocent and Tamil civilians of the island country, Advani added.

The activists began their fast here to express solidarity with thousands of civilians who are trapped in the on-going war between the Sri Lankan army and the LTTE in the island’s northern region.

“We (BJP) want that the issue should be resolved through negotiated political settlement rather than the brutal use of force,” Advani said.

Strongly condemning the bombing of the hospitals, he said: “This is for the first time, I am hearing of hospitals being bombed and patients being killed.”

“I personally call upon every Indian to be associated with the cause of the Sri Lankan Tamils as it is not only the issue of the Tamils of Tamil Nadu,” he said.

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