DMDK to boycott all party meeting on Oct 14

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Chennai, Oct 12 (UNI) The Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) actor-politician and founder-president Vijayakanth will boycott the October 14 all-party meeting convened by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, demanding Centre's intervention to stop genocide against the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

In a statement here, Mr Vijayakanth said the Chief Minister had convened the meeting only to divert the attention of the people from a host of issues faced by the DMK, like power cuts, rising prices and the alleged irregularities in 2G spectrum allotment.

He said while the Indian Government was prepared to hold talks with the banned Naga outfit like NSCN, why it should not urge the Sri Lankan Government to adopt a similar stand and hold talks to arrive at a peaceful solution for the decade-long ethnic crisis.

Mr Vijayakanth asked why the idea of inviting all parties did not crop up while calling for a public meeting by the DMK and took objection to the party not condemning the Centre's action in providing Radars and other assistance to the Sri Lankan troops.

Mr Karunanidhi, without wasting time, should use his good offices at the Centre, exert pressure and urge India to intervene to stop the killing of innocent Tamils, he added.

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