Parties condemn dissolution of Sri Lankan Parliament
Leaders urge Indian govt. to intervene and safeguard the interests of Tamils
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.