Vaiko flays government for ‘ignoring’ Sri Lankan general’s remarks

December 10th, 2008 - 9:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Dec 10 (IANS) MDMK leader Vaiko Wednesday assailed the central government for “virtually ignoring” Sri Lankan Army chief Sarath Fonseka’s derogatory remarks against Tamil Nadu politicians.”The government has virtually ignored this slur. Instead of demanding an unconditional apology from Fonseka, the central government is not only collaborating with the Sri Lankan government but also seems to be taking orders from him,” Vaiko told reporters.

He was speaking after leading a demonstration near the Sri Lankan diplomatic mission here in which some 500 of his supporters participated.

MDMK spokesman K.S. Radhakrishnan told IANS that the “unapologetic” Sri Lankan regime’s mission here should be closed down.

“Fonseka has added insult to injury. Not satisfied with killing innocent women and children in Eelam, he now has the temerity to challenge the might of India. Worse, our state and central governments seem to be kow-towing Colombo’s despicable line,” Radhakrishnan said.

A Sri Lankan daily Sunday quoted Fonseka as calling politicians from Tamil Nadu as “jokers” who depended on gratifications from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

“If the LTTE is wiped out, those political jokers like Nedumaran, Vaiko and whoever who is sympathising with the LTTE will most probably lose their income from the LTTE,” the army chief said.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan defence secretary and President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother, Tuesday conveyed his government’s regrets to India’s envoy in Colombo over the reported remarks.

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