Chennai, Oct 15: An all-party meeting convened by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Tuesday, Oct 14 asked the central government to immediately halt all military aid to Sri Lanka and ensure an immediate ceasefire in the civil war on the island, warning that all MPs from the state would resign in two weeks if this didn't happen.
In the strongest ever message from a key ally of the UPA regime, the DMK and other parties demanded that India halt all military aid to Sri Lanka, take steps to halt Colombo's military offensive to ensure the return of peace, and come forward to despatch humanitarian aid. Resolutions to this effect were passed at the meeting, which was boycotted by the main opposition AIADMK, its ally, MDMK, the BJP and actor Vijaykanth's party, the DMDK.
"If these resolutions are not translated into action and the Union government does not come forward to end the war in two weeks, MPs from Tamil Nadu will have to quit," the resolution said. Expressing his gratitude to the parties for bolstering his efforts to reach out to the 'Eelam Tamils', Karunanidhi said, "This outcome, which is intended to be an impetus to India to act and a warning to Colombo, is an important chapter in our history."