In a sharp criticism of the UPA regime, one of its coalition partners, the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), has accused the government of deliberately ignoring the sentiments of Tamil Nadu by refusing to heed the state’s repeated pleas to take steps to end the war in Sri Lanka.
In a strongly-worded letter to the Prime Minister, PMK founder S Ramadoss assailed "New Delhi’s mindless and callous attitude" and wondered whether it was silent only because those at the receiving end of "genocidal frenzy" were voiceless Tamils.
The letter was written two days ago but was released to the press only on Saturday. Coming a day after the PMK decided not to back any party in an Assembly byelection, its strong note of disapproval may mean that it is preparing the ground to reconsider its continuance in the UPA and avoid being on the same side as the DMK in the next Lok Sabha polls.
"For the scheming bureaucrats and unconcerned decision-makers in New Delhi, are the war-and-genocide-mongers in Colombo more important than the millions of law-abiding Tamilians? Is the honour and self-respect of these millions are of no concern to them?" the PMK leader asked.