DMK angered by President’s refusal to fully implement 13-A

India’s DMK President MK Stalin expressed shock over Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s latest interview to a newspaper where the latter had said that full devolution of powers to Tamils as promised by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in 1987 would not be possible as it would be against the wishes and feeling of the Sinhalese, who form the majority in the island nation, Times Now reported.

Stalin said that after meeting the Sri Lankan President PM Modi said that devolution of powers should be implemented through the 13th amendment but Gotabaya said the opposite.

The DMK supremo said that after winning the Sri Lankan presidential elections and getting a clear mandate from the people Gotabaya announced that he would serve as the president of all the citizens.

He further said that he was feeling worried about the statement of Rajapaksa and opined that PM Modi should intervene in the matter to ensure that all the rights if the Lankan Tamils are protected.

In 1956, it was Stalin’s father M. Karunanidhi who first moved a resolution at the DMK general council at Chidambaram in protest against the ‘Sinhala Only’ policy in Sri Lanka.

It is a known fact that after 1983 anti-Tamil riots in Sri Lanka Tamil militant groups started operating from Madras. While the then Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran supported LTTE, the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) is widely believed to have received DMK’s patronage.

Karunanidhi went a step ahead and formed the Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation (TESO) after which he organised massive national conclave in Madurai in May 1986 to highlight the plight of the Tamil’s right to self-determination in Sri Lanka.

In 2009, Karunanidhi had called LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran his friend saying he would deeply regret if he is killed in the Sri Lankan civil war.

The Rajapaksa family has long been favoured by the Sinhalese for their role in the ending the decade long civil war, however, the Tamil diaspora has labelled it as a systematic genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Sri Lankan Tamils in Sri Lanka by the state.

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