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Ramadoss seeks early solution to Sri Lankan problem

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S. Ramadoss

Coimbatore: Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss has appealed to the Centre to try for an “early political solution in Sri Lanka as otherwise the entire Tamil race there will be obliterated”.

He said no other people in the world had been subjected to such a genocide and even the United Nations Organisation and the World Human Rights Commission pointed out the “killing of innocent Tamils for the past 50 years.”

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, he urged Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to give “better attention” to this issue and impress upon the Centre “to bring about a settlement that will satisfy both the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamils there.” There should be a time frame for this, and till then, both the sides should maintain truce. “I wrote a letter to Mr. Karunanidhi in this regard last week,” he said.

He refused to respond to questions on the resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee seeking a ban on political parties expressing their solidarity with the banned Sri Lankan Tamil outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and on the arrest of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Vaiko on Monday for taking out a procession condoling the death of LTTE leader Thamilchelvan.

Asked whether the takeover by B.S. Yeddyurappa of the Bharatiya Janata Party as the Chief Minister of Karnataka would help solve the Cauvery water issue, Dr. Ramadoss said that irrespective of the party at the helm of affairs in that State, Tamil Nadu would not get justice because “all the political parties there are unanimous that not a drop of water should be given to Tamil Nadu.”

He said the clamour of the Dravidian parties for “coalition at the Centre and autonomy at the State” (“maddhiyil kootatchi, maanilathil suyatchi”) had become an “empty rhetoric.”

At present, even the powers that were originally with the State Government had been taken over by the Centre.

For instance, Education had been shifted from the Concurrent List to the General List.

Though the Central Governments had been dependent on Dravidian parties for their survival for long, “the Dravidian parties failed to bring about a true federal set-up in the country,” he said.

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