AIADMK, opposition walkout after Krishna’s statement in Rajya Sabha

[TamilNet, Thursday, 25 August 2011, 12:33 GMT]
Both the main political parties of Tamil Nadu, AIADMK and DMK, as well as most of the opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha of the Indian parliament walked out on Thursday, disappointed by the statement made by the Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna on Sri Lanka. On the issue of war crimes, Krishna said that India would wait for the tabling of the UN panel report in a UN forum to take a stand on the issue. This is because, “questions still remain” on the report, he said. On the killings of Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lanka’s Navy, the Foreign Minister of the power aspiring for permanent representation in the UN Security Council said: “We have limitations in acting on the fishermen issue. If you have more details give it to me and I will investigate.”

Speaking on the issue at Rajya Sabha, the Communist Party of India (CPI) National Secretary Mr D. Raja said, “What happened in May 2009 was nothing but genocide.”

'We have not seen such genocide in any country in contemporary history,' Raja observed and accused New Delhi of betraying the Tamils in the island at a crucial time by not raising their mass killings in international forums.

The Sri Lankan government told the world that India was a collaborator in the war. “What is the meaning of your silence, why you are not speaking,” Raja asked citing the statement of Rajapaksa that he had fought India’s war.

I do not stand here to condole, but to demand justice, Raja said, adding that he demand an impartial international investigation on war crimes and abuse of human rights.

On the issue of killings, torture and imprisonment of the fishermen of Tamil Nadu by Sri Lanka, the parliamentarians disputed Krishna over the numbers he was quoting. They were far more, Tamil Nadu MPs said.

When grilled by the Tamil MPs, over the interview given by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to Headlines Today, the foreign minister slammed Gotabhaya for making comments against the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms. Jayalalitha.

It was without justification; we reject it, the minister said, adding that it did not befit the defence secretary to make that statement. There is no justification for killing fishermen, he further said.

During discussions in both the houses many MPs were seen waving the CDs of the Headlines Today interview. In the Rajya Sabha some were mentioning the name of the correspondent Priyamvatha.

SM Krishna is expected to make a statement in the Lok Sabha too on Friday.


Related Articles:
24.08.11   All Ceylon Tamil Congress calls upon India, IC to ensure fun..
24.08.11   New Delhi meet of Tamil parties ends without consensus
22.08.11   It is not mere corruption, but militarisation of corruption ..


Latest 15 Reports
19.10.19 23:31  
Pentagon steps up maritime defence trade with India, UK seeks IOR opportunities
18.10.19 23:43   Photo
Monk backing Gotabhaya wants Tamil owners to stay away from their lands in interior Batticaloa
17.10.19 19:14   Photo
SL Police resorts to violence in grabbing lands of Tamil fishers in Batticaloa North
16.10.19 23:19   Photo
Chennai Connect and Eezham Tamils reminding Tamil Nadu to assert Tamil geopolitics
15.10.19 23:50  
Colombo destroys dairy-farming economy of Eezham Tamils in Batticaloa
14.10.19 23:48   Photo
Tamil parties in North-East stipulate ‘acid test’ terms to SL presidential candidates
13.10.19 22:15   Photo
SL Governor's latest land grab poses danger to archaeological traces of Eezham Tamils
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
06.10.19 12:21  
EPDP joins Jaffna protest against desecration of Neeraaviyadi temple
05.10.19 22:06  
Families inheriting lands from parents refused of land registration in Moothoor East
Find this article at: