The AIADMK on Wednesday decided to take on its principal rival DMK,
which had been targeting the ruling party with allegations of
corruption, by reviving the issue of the DMK’s “complicity” in the
alleged massacre of Tamils during the final phase of the Eelam War in
Sri Lanka in May 2009.
The ruling party would hold State-wide public meetings on September
25, highlighting how the DMK had “betrayed” the Tamils, Chief Minister
and party co-coordinator Edappadi K. Palaniswami told reporters after a
two-hour meeting of district secretaries and Ministers at the party
Contending that former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had,
through his recent observations, made public the “secrets” regarding the
“assistance” provided by the Indian government to his country during
the final stages of the conflict, K.P. Munusamy, joint coordinator, said
DMK president M.K. Stalin, who was a Minister then, had no right to
criticise the AIADMK government or speak on the welfare of Tamils.
Deputy Chief Minister and party coordinator O. Panneerselvam blamed
former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for the killings, contending that
Karunanidhi’s statement, after his “two-hour-long fast” for the
cessation of hostilities, had made “thousands” of Tamils in Sri Lanka
believe that the war had indeed ended. But they all died in shelling
when they emerged from the bunkers.
R. Vaithilingam, another joint coordinator, said the party would “definitely” take up the issue with the Centre.
When asked why various office-bearers of the party, including
organising secretaries, had not been invited to the meeting, a senior
leader replied that the event was essentially meant for district
secretaries and Ministers. It was the prerogative of the leadership to
invite whomever it wanted. When it was pointed out that when
Jayalalithaa was general secretary, it was the norm to invite
office-bearers to such events, the leader gave a curt reply: “Not on
Source: The Hindu
(under the courtesy of adaderana.lk news web)