Tamil MPs stall parliament over Sri Lanka war (Lead)February 18th, 2009 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Angry MPs of the MDMK and PMK created uproar in the Lok Sabha Wednesday in support of Sri Lankan Tamils, forcing Speaker Somnath Chatterjee to adjourn the house for 25 minutes.
The MPs, wearing black shirts, shouted slogans and walked up to the well of the house expressing their protest against External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s suo motu statement in the house over the Sri Lankan situation.
“Stop the war in Sri Lanka” and “we are not satisfied with the statement” (of the minister) were among the slogans.
The two parties’ MPs were also backed by Tamil members of some other parties.
The members also shouted that the Indian government should interfere for a “permanent ceasefire” to save Tamil civilians.
Mukherjee had said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) would “best serve the interest of the Tamils by immediately releasing all civilians (under its control) and laying down arms”.
Pointing out that the LTTE was an outlawed group in India, the minister added that it “has done much damage to the Tamil community”.
The Indian government, he added, “is ready to facilitate the evacuation of civilians trapped in the area of conflict, working with the government of Sri Lanka and the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross)”.