Unpardonable: Oppn Parties Slam Govt For No Vote on Eelam Tamils

M K Stalin claimed that the refusal of BJP government to vote reflected that the party is against the Eelam Tamils.

Tamil Nadu
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MDMK chief Vaiko with DMK president MK Stalin.

Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu led by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Tuesday, 23 March, slammed the Union government for abstaining from voting on a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution against Sri Lanka, calling it an “unpardonable betrayal” of Eelam Tamil.

The development came ahead of the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections scheduled on 6 April.

DMK chief M K Stalin claimed that the refusal of the BJP-led government to vote reflected that the party is against the Eelam Tamils.

“Abstaining from voting only reflected support for Sri Lanka and that the BJP-led Indian government was against Eelam Tamils. ‘Eelam’ means homeland and the term is used by political parties and others in Tamil Nadu to refer to the Tamils in Sri Lanka. We expected the Modi government to take a stand in favour of the Eelam Tamils at the UNHRC. But it deceived Tamils.”
MK Stalin, DMK Chief

“The nine crore Tamils across the world will never forgive this betrayal of the Sri Lankan Tamils by the Indian government. This is against the Tamil race and is highly condemnable. It also raises the question why the Indian government is bowing to the compulsions of the Sri Lankan government,” Stalin added.

‘Huge Betrayal of Eelam Tamils’

Vaiko’s MDMK too joined the DMK in condemning India’s stand in the UNHRC, adding that Tamils were ‘murdered and starved to death.’

“What happened in Sri Lanka was not a civil war but was a genocide.1.37 lakh Sri Lankan Tamils were murdered. Schools and hospitals were bombed. In 2009, the Sri Lankan government had starved the Tamils to death,” Vaiko told reporters.

“This is a complete betrayal by the Indian government. Only because of elections in Tamil Nadu, the Indian government walked out of the voting. Otherwise they would have voted in favour of Sri Lanka. I condemn the manner, in which the Indian government has conducted itself.” 
Vaiko, MDMK Chief

VCK’s Thol Thirumavalavan took a dig at the Modi government saying that “reading Thirukkural” does not make one Tamil.

“Now do you understand who Modi is? Merely reading Thirukkural doesn't make him a supporter of Tamil Nadu? Had it not been for the elections in Tamil Nadu, he would have openly supported Sri Lanka! Over there, Sinhalese are Hindus. What about Tamils,” he asked.

BJP’s Ally Miffed

PMK founder leader S Ramadoss said India should have voted against Sri Lanka, reported PTI.

“I thank all the nations that have supported the resolution,” Ramadoss, whose party is in an alliance with the ruling AIADMK, in which the BJP is also a constituent, the news agency said.

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