Par­ties con­demn dis­so­lu­tion of Sri Lankan Par­lia­ment

Lead­ers urge In­dian govt. to in­ter­vene and safe­guard the in­ter­ests of Tamils

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Op­po­si­tion par­ties in Tamil Nadu have roundly con­demned the dis­so­lu­tion of the Sri Lankan Par­lia­ment by Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena.

DMK pres­i­dent M.K. Stalin said the In­dian govern­ment had a duty to en­sure the safety of Tamils in Sri Lanka in the wake of the po­lit­i­cal cri­sis in the neigh­bour­ing is­land na­tion.

“The Pres­i­dent has crushed the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion, which is clear that Par­lia­ment can­not be dis­solved within four-and-ahalf years after the elec­tion un­less two-thirds of its mem­bers make a re­quest for the same,” he said in a state­ment.

“He has cre­ated a Con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis and posed a threat to the safety of Tamils,” Mr. Stalin said.

Ac­cus­ing the In­dian govern­ment of in­dif­fer­ence to­wards the po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in the neigh­bour­ing na­tion, es­pe­cially the com­ing to­gether of for­mer Pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japaksa and Mr. Sirisena, the DMK leader said In­dia’s si­lence was re­spon­si­ble for the dis­so­lu­tion of the Sri Lankan Par­lia­ment.

“Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi should con­demn the dis­so­lu­tion [of Par­lia­ment] in no un­cer­tain terms and take steps to pro­tect Tamils,” he said.

AMMK leader T.T.V. Dhi­nakaran said the de­ci­sion to grant power to for­mer Pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japaksa [whom Mr. Sirisena ap­pointed as Prime Min­is­ter in place of Ranil Wikremesinghe] was a threat to Sri Lankan Tamils and Tamil Nadu’s fish­er­folk.

“The In­dian govern­ment should watch these de­vel­op­ments closely and take steps to safe­guard lives, prop­erty and well-be­ing of Tamils. At­tempts to de­stroy democ­racy should be de­feated,” he said.

“The un­con­sti­tu­tional ac­tions of Sri Lankan Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena and his new­found as­so­ci­a­tion with war crimes ac­cused Mahinda Ra­japaksa are a threat to Ee­lam Tamils and Sri Lankan democ­racy,” VCK founder Thol. Thiru­mavala­van said.

‘Mur­der of democ­racy’

Tamil Maanila Congress leader G.K. Vasan said that dis­solv­ing the Par­lia­ment with­out prov­ing a ma­jor­ity was a mur­der of democ­racy.

“At the mo­ment, there is no se­cu­rity for Tamils in Sri Lanka. The In­dian govern­ment should urge the Sri Lankan govern­ment to en­sure their safety and take steps to en­sure that democ­racy flour­ishes,” he said.

PMK founder Dr. Ra­ma­doss said the In­dian govern­ment should in­ter­vene and safe­guard democ­racy in Sri Lanka.

M.K. Stalin

Thol. Thiru­mavala­van

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