CM SLAMS SIRISENA’S MOVE

Lead­ers say Pres­i­dent Sirisena’s move is a threat to wel­fare of Tamils in the is­land na­tion, want PM Modi and United Na­tions to in­ter­vene and ‘re­store democ­racy’

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The de­vel­op­ments in Sri Lanka have echoed in Tamil Nadu as well. Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami termed the dis­so­lu­tion of par­lia­ment as “mur­der of democ­racy”, while op­po­si­tion DMK’s pres­i­dent M K Stalin called Sirisena’s act “atro­cious”.

THE dis­so­lu­tion of Sri Lankan Par­lia­ment had its echo in Tamil Nadu with po­lit­i­cal par­ties con­demn­ing the move of Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena.

All par­ties raised con­cern over the well­be­ing of Tamils there. The lead­ers also urged the Cen­tral govern­ment to con­demn the dis­so­lu­tion of Lankan Par­lia­ment and en­sure the safety and well­be­ing of Tamils there.

Ex­press­ing deep shock over the dis­so­lu­tion of Lankan Par­lia­ment, DMK pres­i­dent MK Stalin said Sirisena had cre­ated a big threat to the wel­fare of Tamils by cre­at­ing this kind of con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis. “In­dian govern­ment can­not re­main a mute spec­ta­tor to the de­vel­op­ments in neigh­bour­ing Lanka say­ing that it is an­other coun­try’s af­fairs as it would cause se­ri­ous prob­lems to Tamils there. How­ever, the govern­ment headed by Naren­dra Modi re­mains an on­looker to all these de­vel­op­ments. It is in­deed sad,” he said.

Stalin also said just be­cause the In­dian govern­ment re­mained silent when Sirisena cre­ated a con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis by ap­point­ing Mahinda Ra­japaksa as the new Prime Min­is­ter, now it had ended up in dis­so­lu­tion of Par­lia­ment. Tamils across the globe, par­tic­u­larly those in In­dia were shocked at the si­lence be­ing main­tained by In­dia in this re­gard, he said.

Modi should un­der­stand that at least be­lat­edly the In­dian govern­ment had the duty and re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure safety of

Lankan Tamils. With­out any de­lay, In­dia should lodge its strong dis­ap­proval of dis­so­lu­tion of Par­lia­ment, he said.

In a state­ment here, VCK presi- dent Thol Thiru­mavala­van said Sirisena had ‘mur­dered democ­racy’ by dis­solv­ing Par­lia­ment and In­dia should con­demn this strongly since the com­ing to­gether of Sirisena and Mahinda Ra­japaksa again would pose a big threat to Tamils there.

Ac­cord­ing to the amended Ar­ti­cle 19 of Lankan Con­sti­tu­tion, only through a res­o­lu­tion adopted by one-third of the mem­bers, Par­lia­ment could be dis­solved. Hence, the dis­so­lu­tion of Par­lia­ment by Sirisena was to­tally un­con­sti­tu­tional. He has taken this de­ci­sion since Mahinda Ra­japaksa, who had been ap­pointed as Prime Min­is­ter by oust­ing Ranil Wick­ra­mas­inghe, could not prove his ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment on Novem­ber 14.

Con­demn­ing the dis­so­lu­tion of Lankan Par­lia­ment, MDMK gen­eral sec­re­tary Vaiko said Maithri­pala Sirisena had en­acted ‘a con­spir­acy against Tamils’ to give the full pow­ers of the is­land na­tion to Mahinda Ra­japaksa who was re­spon­si­ble for eth­nic mas­sacre nine years ago.

Trac­ing the ori­gins of Lankan Tamils is­sue, he said Tamils there would not get jus­tice ir­re­spec­tive of any party com­ing to power. “If Ra­japakse comes to power again, he will try to erase the cul­tural iden­tity of Lankan Tamils. So, Tamil Ee­lam alone is the only solution to the prob­lems faced by Tamils there.”

AMMK deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary TTV Dhi­nakaran said the news about dis­so­lu­tion of Lankan Par­lia­ment had come a rude shock to Tamils across the globe, and con­demned the act of Sirisena.

In­dia can­not re­main a mute spec­ta­tor to de­vel­op­ments in Lanka as it would cause prob­lems to Tamils there. How­ever, the Modi govt re­mains an on­looker to all de­vel­op­ments

MK Stalin, DMK pres­i­dent

Sirisena ‘mur­dered democ­racy’ by dis­solv­ing Par­lia­ment and In­dia should con­demn this as com­ing to­gether of Sirisena & Ra­japaksa would pose a big threat to Tamils there

Thol Thiru­mavala­van, VCK pres­i­dent

If Ra­japaksa comes to power again, he will try to erase the cul­tural iden­tity of Lankan Tamils. So, Tamil Ee­lam alone is the only solution to prob­lems faced by Tamils there

Vaiko, MDMK gen­eral sec­re­tary

Since this devel­op­ment would cause big prob­lems to Tamils there, In­dian govt should en­sure the well­be­ing of Tamils. Be­sides, the United Na­tions should in­ter­vene in this is­sue

TTV Dhi­nakaran, AMMK deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary

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