Chennai, Nov 10: Leaders of various political parties, including DMK President M K Stalin and PMK Founder Dr S Ramadoss, in Tamil Nadu termed dissolution of Sri Lankan Parliament and announcement of fresh elections by President Maithripala Sirisena as 'a murder of democracy' and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure safety of the Eelam Tamils in the Island Nation.
Terming Mr Sirisena's action as unconstitutional, Mr Stalin, in a statement here, said the atrocious action was shocking as it has created worst political crisis in the neighbouring country. 'It is not only a murder of democracy, but has also caused a sense of fear and insecurity among the Tamils, who have been traditionally living there', he added.
Expressing concern over Mr Modi's silence on the Lankan crisis right from the day when former President Mahinda Rajapakse was installed as Prime Minister removing Ranil Wickremesinghe from the post by the President, he recalled the killing of Tamils during the Rajapakse regime and ignoring India's demand to provide equal rights to Tamils as per the amendments to the 13th Constitution and said the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre remained a mute spectator all these days.
'The mute silence by Mr Modi on Mr Mahinda Rajapakse, who should be subjected to trial for war crimes and genocide of Tamils, who has created a political instability, ended in the dissolution of Parliament', Mr Stalin said. Noting that Mr Modi has the responsibility to protect the Tamils at a time when a political crisis has gripped the Lankan Nation, he said the Indian government should immediately condemn the act of Mr Sirisena and take all steps to ensure that the Tamils lived with dignity. UNI