CPI-led All Party Meeting calls for state-wide protest in Tamil Nadu
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 November 2008, 04:36 GMT]
The Central Government of India has failed to respond to the four demands, concerning the plight of Eezham Tamils, formulated in the previous All Party Meeting (APM) and forwarded to New Delhi by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Therefore, a second APM was convened on Monday by the initiative of the Communist Party of India (CPI), Tamil Nadu, chaired by its State Secretary D. Pandian, who announced a state-wide peaceful protest on November 25 to demonstrate to New Delhi on the resolve of the Tamil Nadu people for a single resolution: Immediate Ceasefire in Sri Lanka.
"New Delhi should break the silence on the demand for immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka. If it fails to grasp the message of November 25 protest, the APM would meet again to decide the course of future agitation," proclaimed Mr. D. Pandian.
The DMK had responded to the participation in APM by wishing success but could not send its representatives to the APM as they were away participating at another event in Kovai. The AIDMK also sent a similar message.
Pandian said there should be no room for party-politics on the plight of Eezham Tamils.
Ms. Jayalalitha has said that there should be a ceasefire in Sri Lankan and that the Tamils should have a solution based on self-governance, Mr. Pandian said while responding to the questions by the reporters, after the closed-door deliberations with the other parties at Hotel Sahityan in Thyagaraja Nagar.
Veteran leader of CPI, R. Nallakannu, Joint Secretaries C. Mahendran, K. Palanisamy, another veteran leader A.M. Gopu, State Assembly leader of the party Y. Sivapunyam, PMK leader K.K. Mani, MDMK Joint Secretary Mallai Sathya, Headquarters Secretary K.S. Rathakrishnan, Tamil National Movement Leader Pazha. Nedumaran, VCK Joint-General Secretary Chola Nambiar, Periyar Dravida Kazhakam Vidthalai Rasenthiran, Thamizh Theasiya Viduthalai Munnani representative Thiyagu, Puthiya Thamizhakam representative Dr. Krishnasamy, LDMK representative Vijaya D. Rajendar, Nationalist Congress Party representative Thindivanam Ramamorthy, Akila India Mooventhar Munnani representative Sethuraman, All India Forward Block representative Kathiravan, Thamizh Theasa Marxist Party representative Rajendracholan, National League representative Basheer Ahmad, Indian Republic Party representative Santhamoorty, Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMC) representative Abdul Samathu, Puradchi Baratham representative Kamaraj, Karunakaran of Justice Party, Karu. Nagarajan and Raveendran Duraisamy of All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi, Vasseekaran of Indian Christian Peoples Party took part in the deliberations.