Stalin slams Centre for abstaining in UNHRC vote against Lanka

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 28, 2014 03:21 hrs

Chennai: DMK Treasurer M K Stalin Thursday slammed the Centre for abstaining from voting on US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva as he claimed credit for the party for the past votes by India against the island nation.

India had voted against Sri Lanka on three previous occasions due to the "pressure" exerted by his party, which was then a partner of UPA. However, the government was boldened and abstained from voting today as DMK was not in the government, he told an election rally here.

Some political parties, who were always politicising the issue, should know that it was his party which fought for the right and cause of Tamils in Sri Lanka, he claimed.

Stating that he along with party MP, T R Baalu had gone to Geneva and handed over the resolution adopted at the TESO meeting, under the directive of party President M Karunanidhi, Stalin said that UPA Government had then voted for the USA-sponsored resolutiion against Sri Lanka in 2013.

Attacking ruling AIADMK, the DMK leader said the party had promised to make Tamil Nadu a power-cut free state within three months of coming to power but had now made the state "power-less".

He also accused the Jayalalithaa Government of not taking proper steps for new investment.

Admitting that there was power cut "for two hours" during DMK rule, for which the voters had punished it in the 2011 assemly elections, he asked the voters what punishment they proposed to give the AIADMK for extending the power cut to nearly 14 hours a day.