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Paswan joins Vaiko's stir against 'genocide' of Sri Lankan Tamils

August 12, 2011 - New Delhi

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday joined the protest led by Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko against the alleged 'war crimes' committed on the Tamil community in Sri Lanka by the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led government.

At a protest rally organized in New Delhi by Vaiko to protest the Central government's silence on the killings of innocent Tamils, Paswan slammed the Congress Party for its apathy towards the atrocities.

"Genocide is being done against them, I am surprised that why the Indian government is not condemning it when the UN (United Nations) panel has already condemned it and held Rajapaksa for this crime," Paswan said.

Extending solidarity with the Sri Lankan Tamils, Paswan also pledged that his party would raise its voice for the cause both inside and outside the Indian Parliament.

"There should be resettlement outside the camp for the Tamilians in Sri Lanka. Lakhs of people have been killed. Here, if any person is killed like four farmers were killed in Maharashtra then the government is in doldrums, but there lakhs of people are being killed and nothing has happened," Paswan said.

"So, for all these demands, I from Lok Janshakti Party can say that we will go to the people and I assure you that outside the Parliament, inside the Parliament we will fight for the cause of the Tamilians in Sri Lanka," he added.

Paswan further urged Vaiko and his supporters to organize nation wide rally to gather support from people against the brutal killings of Tamils by the Sri Lankan soldiers.


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