Weeks after the Congress spurned her pre-poll advances, AIADMK boss and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha on Monday trained guns at the Center and the DMK state government for their lack of “genuine concern” for Tamil civilians caught in the midst of blazing guns in Sri Lanka’s war-zone.
Expressing solidarity with Lankan Tamils Jayalalitha is on a day-long hunger strike in Chennai today, she says the fast is aimed at pressuring the Congress-led UPA to use diplomatic tactics with Colombo to negotiate an immediate ceasefire in the island nation.
Casting aspersions over the Center’s inability in dispatching immediate humanitarian aid to Tamil civilians caught in the conflict-zone, Jayalalitha slammed the UPA and its constituent the ruling DMK on the state saying: “The Centre, as well as the ruling DMK have no genuine concerns for the Tamil people,” she said.
Jayalalitha’s efforts however fail to move most, especially as they come barely two weeks after she sent out feelers to the Congress to discard its ally DMK and forge a pre-poll alliance with her party and in the backdrop of looming general elections.
Congress scorn at her advances later pushed the AIADMK into a pre-poll truck with the Third Front, which has gathered substantial steam in the last few weeks.
Hopng to take the steam out of a similar Congress move, the AIADMK chief, who hopes to increase her stakes this summer, also announced that her party will collect funds for the Lankan Tamils and donated Rs five lakh for the cause.