AIADMK to move SC for TN Govt dismissal on LTTE issue: Jaya

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Chennai, Nov 6 (UNI) The opposition AIADMK in Tamil Nadu today said it would move the Supreme Court, seeking the dismissal of the DMK Government as Chief Minister M Karunanidhi allegedly supported the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Reacting to Mr Karunanidhi's remarks that he had condoled the death of LTTE Political Chief S P Tamilselvan as ''Tamil blood was flowing in his body'', Ms Jayalalithaa, in a statement here said the Chief Minister, by supporting the banned organisation, had committed an act of ''treason'' and was now trying to divert the issue by raking up Tamil sentiments.

She said Mr Karunanidhi, who had assumed office as Chief Minister on the basis of his Indian Constitution, could no longer continue in the office after he openly offered support to a banned outfit.

''This is against the Constitution and an act of treason'', she added.

Ms Jayalalithaa, who demanded the dismissal of the DMK Government, said ''as the Centre has not taken note of the seriousness of the issue, the AIADMK has no option, but to approach the Supreme Court.'' Seeking to differentiate the condolence paid by Mr Karunanidhi and her alliance party leader Vaiko on the killing of Tamilselvan, she said the Chief Minister's poetic euologisation of the LTTE leader could not be compared with that of Mr Vaiko, as the latter had not taken any oath to assume office as Chief Minister or holding any Government post.

Dismissing the ridiculous reports that said she had no concern for the Tamils as she was a Kannadiga, Ms Jayalalithaa, asserted that she was a ''Pachai Tamizhachi'', (a true Tamil) and and the AIADMK had great concern for the Sri Lankan Tamils and always wished that they lead a peaceful life.

''The difference between us and Mr Karunanidhi is that we support the Tamils in Sri Lanka, while the DMK leader supports the outlawed LTTE'', she alleged.

Ms Jayalalithaa said though she was born in Mysore in Karnataka, she was not a Kannadiga as she was born in a Tamil family and Tamil blood was flowing in her body. Her mother tongue is also Tamil, she said.

The AIADMK leader also recalled as how she defended herself as a Tamil, when local Kannadigas demanded that she should declare herself as Kannadiga as she was born in Mysore, when she was engaged in a film shooting in Mysore in 1972. She was then 24-year-old and never had an idea of getting into politics when she stood to her ground, declared herself as a Tamil, despite threat to her life, she added.

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