Thursday, November 13, 2008

Why did Tamilnadu MPs 'postpone' their resignation campaign?

Some Tamilnadu leaders are still agitating over the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. Cinema artistes last week held a meeting in Chennai where Vijay and Radhika, two actors popular even in Sri Lanka participated. Vijay on behalf of the artistes called for a ceasefire between Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). He said thirty thousand telegrams have been sent to the Indian Central government in this regard.

However, the agitation by the Tamilnadu politicians have ceased or largely scaled down. Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa’s recent visit to India might have been seen by the Tamilnadu parliamentarians, especially those from the Dravida Munnetra Kalaham (DMK) as a godsend as it saved them from being forced to relinquish their hard won parliamentary seats. Also Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and leaders of his Government might have considered it as a great help by their island neighbour since the coalition government in the Centre would have been in a precarious situation in the event where parliamentarians from Tamilnadu resign their seats in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha (Senate) over the situation in the northern Sri Lankan region of Wanni. Full Text