TN CM appeals Oppn parties to be equivocal on Tamil issue

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Chennai, Nov 4 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi today appealed to the Opposition parties in the State to speak in one voice to intensify the efforts of the Centre in alleviating the sufferings of the Sri Lankan Tamils.

Writing in his Party organ ''Murasoli,'' he expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the Centre and maintained that the Government was alive to the problems faced by the Tamils.

''The government was sensitive to the sufferings of Eelam Tamils and was doing its best within its limitations on the issue,'' Mr Karunanidhi said.

But some opposition parties in Tamil Nadu were criticising the government's efforts, he said.

Leader of the Oppsition and AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa was describing the government's move to collect relief funds as a farce and that it would end up being in the hands of the banned LTTE, while her alliance party leader and MDMK Chief Vaiko was dubbing it as a move to deceive the people.

The CPI leader D Pandian was asking whether the State government could guarantee that the relief materials being collected would reach the suffering Tamils and DMDK founder Vijayakanth had raised doubts about the relief materials reaching the Tamils, who were on deathbed in the war-torn areas, Mr Karunanidhi pointed out.

''If all these voices are made in unison by sinking the differences, it will help to intensify the Centre's efforts on the issue. This is my view,'' Mr Karunanidhi said and added that if there were different voices, it would only strike a discordant note and compound the misery of the Tamils.

''If we do not raise one voice, we have to resign to the fate and shed tears thinking of the past and the present with the hope of a solution in future,'' the DMK Patriarch said.

Mr Karunanidhi recalled the steps taken by the DMK Government and the Centre right from organising a Public meeting, the all-party meeting and the subsequent developments, including the visit of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and his assurance yesterday that the relief materials would be sent through the International Red Cross and the United Nations and said the Centre was sensitive to the issue.

Referring to criticisms of PMK Founder S Ramadoss, he said he was not pointing him and had only been replying to the charges levelled against the DMK government.

''The focus is to help the suffering Tamil in Sri Lanka and not to indulge in war of words among ourselves,'' the Chief Minister said.

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