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Fishermen attack: Jaya blames centre’s ‘submissive response’

Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to impress upon Sri Lanka in the strongest possible manner to stop attacks on fishermen allegedly by Lankan navy.

She slammed ‘meek and pusillanimous’ response of the Centre has emboldened the Lankan navy to mount more unprovoked attacks.

She referred to two separate incidents in which 37 fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested by Lankan navy.

She also observed that this attitude towards Tamil fishermen was in stark contrast to the centre’s response to the recent incident of firing on Gujarat fishermen.

‘The government of India, it is learnt, rightly lost no time in conveying its stern response in the form of a summons to the Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan to communicate its protest. However, the continued insensitive and ham-handed treatment of the Tamil Nadu fishermen issue in the Palk Bay is fast alienating the fishermen community in Tamil Nadu who justifiably feel that they have been let down by their own national government,’ she said.

Alleging that abduction and detention for long periods in prison have multiplied as the Centre took little or no action to convey its strong protest, Jayalalithaa claimed none of her letters had evoked a substantive response from the Prime Minister.

She also said that during external affairs minister Salman Khurshid’s visit to Colombo recently had ‘little meaningful’ dialogue on this issue.

Meanwhile, Accusing M Karunanidhi of betraying people of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa exhorted her party workers to take a vow for defeating arch-rival DMK in the next year Lok Sabha elections.

‘Let us take a vow to defeat the Karunanidhi-led DMK, who is betraying the people of Tamil Nadu for selfish interests, in the upcoming Parliamentary elections,’ she said, writing to party cadres on eve of the 42nd foundation day of AIADMK.

Hitting out at Karunanidhi, Jayalalithaa alleged that he had surrendered to ‘North Indian hegemony’ to escape from the 2G spectrum case.

‘He (Karunanidhi) had surrendered to the Congress earlier to get away from Sarkaria Commission related graft cases,’ she alleged.

Referring to DMK’s support for the Food Security Act besides its stand on issues like the Cauvery and Mullaiperiyar river water sharing disputes, Jayalalithaa accused Karunanidhi of ‘betraying’ Tamil Nadu on all such issues.
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