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Baalu Moves Amendment; India's President Remains Mum on SL TamilsSantwana Bhattacharya Special to Salem-News.com
“We will not compromise on... condemnation against rights violations in Lanka,” - Thalikottai Rajuthevar Baalu
(NEW DELHI) - In a major embarrassment for the government, key UPA constituent DMK moved an amendment to the motion of thanks to the President’s address insisting that a paragraph be added on the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils in view of the reported human rights violations by the Lankan army during the civil war.
This is in addition to the disruptions in RS on Tuesday, in which the DMK took part in full measure. Along with rival AIADMK, CPI and BJP MPs, the DMK too demanded that the government support the US-sponsored UN resolution against Lanka, on human rights abuses allegedly carried out by Lanka’s armed forces in the final stages of the war.
Speaking to Express, DMK MP T R Baalu said apart from the amendment, he has given a notice for suspension of Zero Hour for a discussion on the issue of Lankan Tamils under Rule 193. “The government has agreed for a separate discussion, the Speaker will allot time for the same”— but that is not all.
On the UNHRC resolution against Lanka, “nothing short of support to the resolution is acceptable to us,” Baalu said. “We will not compromise on... condemnation against rights violations in Lanka,” Baalu emphatically delivered what sounded like an ultimatum.
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