Sri Lankan Tamil issues likely to resurface

India ElectionsTwo crucial issues that played a major role in the defeat of the DMK in the 2011 election may be resurrected as poll propaganda by opposing parties after it entered into an alliance with the Congress on Saturday.

Just minutes after Ghulam Nabi Azad confirmed the DMK-Congress tie up at Gopalapuram, BJP Tamil Nadu president Tamilisai Soundararajan came down heavily on the DMK.

Speaking to reporters, she said the DMK quit the UPA accusing the Congress of letting down Tamils in Sri Lanka. “The DMK has to explain what has changed since 2013. Has the Congress done anything to wash its sins off? The DMK thinks it could take the memory of the people for granted. People of Tamil Nadu are not suffering from collective amnesia,” she charged.

Ms. Soundararajan alleged that the Congress-DMK combine was the reason behind the 2G spectrum scandal. “We will take this to the people. This will be highlighted in our election campaign,” she said.

Tamil Maanila Congress vice-president B.S. Gnanadesikan echoed her views.

“In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the DMK cited a particular reason for not aligning with the Congress. We want to know if anything has changed or if the DMK has given up on that reasoning,” he said.

CPI (M) State Secretary G. Ramakrishnan said the Congress-DMK pact was nothing to be surprised about.

“Mr. Karunanidhi as Chief Minister implemented the same neo-liberal economic policies that the UPA followed at the Centre. In that way, they are natural partners in implementing anti-poor policies,” he said. (The Hindu)

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