Lok Sabha Speaker may allow Lanka Tamil issue discussion on Thursday

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 05, 2013 14:50 hrs

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is reportedly considering allowing a discussion in the Lower House on Thursday on the Sri Lanka Tamils abuse issue under Rule 193, which does not entail voting.

Kumar's move is reportedly being made to assuage the feelings of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), a key ally of the UPA, which protested inside and outside the House on Tuesday on the issue, wearing black shirts.

Expressing solidarity with agitating members, DMK representative in the Government, Minister of State for Finance S S Palanimackam also wore a black shirt though he did not participate in the protest.

The issue was also raised vociferously by AIADMK members, who trooped into the Well of Lok Sabha twice raising slogans.

Outside Parliament, DMK MPs staged a protest carrying placards which read 'Save Tamils in Sri Lanka'. India's regional party calls for independent enquiry into genocide by Sri Lankan government.

Meanwhile, Dravidar Kazhagam leaders and activists also staged protests in Chennai, holding Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa culpable for war crimes committed by that country's military on Tamils during the civil war, which ended in 2009.

Dravidar Kazhagam president, K. Veeramani said: "We still press for independent enquiry through the crimes committed by Sri Lankan government under the leadership of Rajapaksa (Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa). He must be held and that we are going to press and in the ensuing conference also and that is the world opinion. We want to create it, there are enough number of supports, we hope and trust that we will succeed."

Highlighting the plight of Tamils, Veeramani further said: "So, let the whole world understand the keen intense feeling of Tamils, of the genocide by Sri Lanka that happened and is still continuing. This should be stopped at any cost and the government of India should learn a lesson and out of which they must support whole heartedly the American resolution, if possible they themselves will be very vociferous about condemning the human right violation and restoring back the rights that have been denied to the Tamils."

A United Nations report recently cited an earlier estimate of 40,000 civilians killed in crossfire between government and rebel forces after they were trapped on a sliver of coastline, and cited credible information that over 70,000 remained 'unaccounted for'.

The Sri Lankan Government has repeatedly rejected allegations that it had committed war crimes and also rejected suggestions in the report that it had intimidated UN officials.

The war ended with the LTTE's defeat in May 2009. 

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