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Tamil issue: DMK says Cong left it ‘in the lurch’

In a rare show of discord within the UPA,ally DMK attacked the Congress in the Lok Sabha.

In a rare show of discord within the UPA,ally DMK attacked the Congress in the Lok Sabha for not doing its bit to intervene in Sri Lanka for the safety of the Tamils there. In their response to the Presidential address to Parliament,the DMK said the Congress had left it “in the lurch”.

“President’s address failed to address (the Lankan Tamils) issue. Tamils are weeping… They (Congress) have left the DMK in the lurch,” DMK leader TKS Elangovan said. Later,during the PM’s reply,senior DMK leader TR Baalu voiced similar concerns.

In the discussion on the motion of thanks to the President for his address,Elangovan asked,“Why can’t we impose economic sanction against Sri Lanka?” He cited similar sanctions faced by India when it experimented with the atom bomb in Pokhran when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was PM.

Congress MPs,including Aaroon Rasheed from Tamil Nadu,intervened saying thousands of Lankan Tamils were also killed by the LTTE. Irked,Elangovan asked,“Do you want to take away the legacy of former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi” who were sympathetic towards Tamils’ cause.

Antony cautions over ‘breaking news culture’

Under attack over the delay in ordering a probe into the AgustaWestland chopper deal,Defence Minister A K Antony on Tuesday cautioned the media against falling into the trap of “breaking news culture” and news being planted by “interested parties”. He said while the Indian media is “by and large” fine,there are some “blacksheep”. “Nowadays only one source is enough to report a story. (Whether) It is correct or not,I leave it to the media people,” he said at a function to felicitate prominent journalist T V R Shenoy on completion of 50 years in journalism.