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‘Ready to move Centre to assist Parvathi Ammal’

[Express Buzz, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 10:00 No Comment]

Opposition parties in the State Assembly — the CPI, CPM, MDMK and PMK on Monday strongly condemned the sending back of Parvathi Ammal to Malaysia on April 16, while Chief Minister M Karunanidhi offered to help her saying that “if she wishes to avail of treatment in Chennai, I am ready to move the Centre in this regard.’’ Replying to the discussion on the issue in the Assembly, Karunanidhi recalled that the names of Prabhakaran’s parents were ‘black-listed’ during the previous AIADMK regime in 2003 itself.

Parents of Prabhakaran who were living in Tiruchy moved to Sri Lanka following a ceasefire announcement there.

In this connection, Karunanidhi also recalled a similar incident that happened in 1985. When Chandrahasan, son of late leader Selva, Balasingham and Sathiyendra were asked to leave the country based on a request from the then State government, the Tamil Eelam Solidarity Organisation (TESO) staged a demostration in which leaders including Vaiko took part. Comparing the united stand taken by all leaders in 1985 and the “secret reception” given by a couple of leaders on April 16 at the reception with a view to checking any mileage to others Karunanidhi said “it is indeed an irony.’’ During the discussion, Congress floor leader D Sudarssanam said the deportation of Parvathi Ammal was correct as a few leaders including MDMK general secretary Vaiko and Pazha Nedumaran had reportedly planned to gain political mileage out of the issue. Besides, they had planned to organise Tamils Emancipation Conference to destabilise the Classical Tamil Conference to be conducted by the government.

V Sivapunniyam (CPI), K Balabharathi (CPM), K Ravikumar (VCK) and Sadan Thirumalaikumar (MDMK) have expressed their displeasure over deportation of Parvathi Ammal, the main opposition party, AIADMK silently stayed away from the discussion.

When the question hour was half-way through, the AIADMK members left the House and when the discussion started, all of them assembled at the chamber of Leader of Opposition.

CPM floor leader K Balabharathi said Parvathi Ammal was given a six-month visa to stay in Tamil Nadu a day before when she arrived in Chennai. Sending her back was inhuman, he said.

CPI floor leader V Sivapunniyam said even war convicts were given treatment by the Red Cross.

The Centre which had arranged poornakumbham for Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse at Tirupathi temple, had sent back Parvathi Ammal.

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