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CPI observes solidarity day with Sri Lankan Tamils

[Hindu, Sunday, 24 July 2011 07:58 No Comment]

The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Friday observed an “all-India solidarity day with the Sri Lankan Tamils” and held countrywide demonstrations, highlighting the Tamils’ cause and pressed for upholding their legitimate rights and finding a speedy political solution.

In New Delhi, where the city unit of the AIADMK too joined the stir held at Jantar Mantar, senior CPI leaders – general secretary A.B. Bardhan, national secretary D. Raja and deputy general secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy and Tenkasi MP T. Lingam — participated and sought justice for the Tamils.

Mr. Bardhan wondered why the Government of India was silent on the issue of “massacre” of thousands of Tamils by the Sri Lankan army during the civil war and pointed out that even the Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom and France, and the United Nations Secretary-General had expressed solidarity with the affected population.

The party would take up the issue in the coming monsoon session of Parliament and put pressure on the Centre, he said.

Mr. Raja wanted the Rajapaksa government to provide proper devolution of powers to the Tamils and take steps for their rehabilitation and early return to their homes. A fair trial relating to all the war crimes should be held.

“Double standards”

He accused the UPA-II government of adopting “double standards” and following a “flawed foreign policy” on Sri Lanka. The Rajya Sabha MP suggested that the Centre take a firm stand and alleviate the sufferings of the Tamils.

The CPI and the AIADMK cadres shouted slogans against the Sri Lankan government for its atrocities against Tamils and recurring arrests of fishermen from Tamil Nadu. Besides Delhi, the agitation was held in over 25 State capitals and some block headquarters.

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