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Send Army to Sri Lanka: Vijayakant

Special Correspondent

Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Electioneering: DMDK founder Vijayakant addressing a public meeting in Udhagamandalam on Saturday. —

Udhagamandalam: Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) leader Vijayakant on Saturday advocated military intervention in Sri Lanka to stop the killing of Tamils.

Campaigning here for his party’s candidate in the Nilgiris Parliamentary Constituency, A.Selvaraj, he said that the Indian Army should be sent to Sri Lanka.

Adverting to the demand of Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi to snap diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka if it fails to bring about a ceasefire, he said that would block information channels and people would not know what was happening in that country. Instead, Mr.Karunanidhi should ask his ally Congress to send in the Army as India did in response to the situation in Bangladesh in 1971.

Accusing Mr. Karunanidhi of maintaining double standards, he claimed that the DMK chief was only interested in the welfare of his family. Despite a strong representation in the Central government, he failed to get a better deal for paddy and sugar cane farmers in Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Vijayakant alleged that various parties, including the DMK, AIADMK and Congress, were forming alliances only to make money.

Stating that about Rs.75 lakh crore has been stashed away in Swiss banks by corrupt politicians, Mr.Vijayakant said given an opportunity, he would go after them.

Referring to local issues, Mr.Vijayakant said that many had been affected by the Section 17 land problem in Gudalur and the Project Tiger at Mudumalai.

The Nilgiris lacked employment opportunities. The scenic Western Catchment area near here should be thrown open to tourists.

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