CHENNAI: Charging the BJP government at the Centre with insulting the unanimous resolution of the State Assembly on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and supporting the island government, which is facing a UN probe on war crimes against Tamil people, the MDMK on Monday quit the NDA.
Citing the Assembly resolution demanding economic embargo on Lanka and a referendum on the question of Tamil Eelam among the Tamils in the island and abroad, a resolution passed at the MDMK district secretaries meeting alleged that the government had decided to support Colombo at the UNHRC meeting in 2015.
Explaining the party’s resolution, its leader Vaiko said the Rajapaksa government had demolished over 1,750 Hindu temples in the island and the TNA ruling the Northern Province had given a list of the temples in a report. “After demolishing Hindu temples in Tamil Eelam, Rajapaksa is coming to Tirupati to pray for success in the polls. How can the Centre permit it? Are Tamils not Hindus?” Vaiko asked.
Rajapaksa had massacred thousands of Tamils, including children, and his military had indulged in brutal rape and torture of Tamil women, the MDMK leader charged and asked Modi if he would allow the leader of any country to visit Gujarat if the person had indulged in such atrocities against Gujaratis.
Vaiko said the alliance with the BJP in the LS elections was formed after an assurance that Modi would follow the approach of the erstwhile BJP government under A B Vajpayee. “I did not ask Modi to go out of the way and support the LTTE. I only asked him to follow Vajpayee’s approach,” he said. Explaining the Vajpayee government’s approach, Vaiko said, “When I asked Vajpayee not to give weapons to Lanka, he convened an all party meeting attended by leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and ex-PM Manmohan Singh, and a resolution was passed stating that arms would not be given to Colombo. He asserted that arms would not be sold to Lanka.” ramadoss echoes vaiko: P2