Anbumani Goes Soft on Centre, Keeps Fingers Crossed on Poll Pact

Published: 06th October 2015 04:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th October 2015 04:57 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI:  PMK chief ministerial candidate Anbumani Ramadoss on Monday hoped that more parties would accept him as the CM nominee in due course of time, even while going soft on the BJP government’s support to the recent UNHRC resolution flayed by TN parties.

The PMK youth wing leader, in a press meet on his recent UNHRC address on the Lanka issue, expressed disappointment with the Centre on the issue, but refrained from hitting the BJP hard.

“All other countries intervened, but not the Indian government,” he said.

On persistent queries from reporters if he would quit the BJP alliance, Anbumani said “I am ready to quit the BJP alliance if that would solve the problems of Lankan Tamils”, in a clear indication that the party maintained ties with the national party and still nurtured hopes that the BJP would accept Anbumani as the CM candidate.

“In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, an alliance was formed in 20 days and we polled 19 per cent votes,” he said.

His remarks were in tune with those of the BJP’s State leaders who asserted that the PMK was still in their alliance.

However, the BJP is indecisive on supporting Anbumani as their CM nominee since ally DMDK’s leader Vijayakant too is eyeing the post.

Lashing out at the DMK, Anbumani said it was unable to become the Opposition party in 2011 and did not win a single seat in the 2014 Parliament elections. “It is a sinking ship and the PMK is the capable alternative to the AIADMK,” he added.

To a query if he had raised the Lankan Tamils issue when he was the Union Health Minister, Ramadoss said being a Minister he could not do it.

However, PMK MPs raised the issue in Parliament and party leader S Ramadoss pleaded with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop the military offensive, he recalled.

To queries on his speech at the UNHRC, Anbumani quoted the statement of former UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillai and said the three-member UNHRC panel on human rights violations and war crimes had reported all incidents of system crimes by the government which could be easily established as genocide in case of an international investigation.


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