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India should boycott Commonwealth Summit, says Vijaykant

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) chief Vijayakanth today demanded that should boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) summit in as it would give ample opportunity for the island nation "to legitimise its war" against the Tamils.

"If our nation is going to participate in the Commonwealth Summit, it would pave the way for Sri Lankan President to claim that ethnic cleansing was not reported in his country," he said here.

Vijaykant, who is the Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu, visited to address a public meeting organised by his party at Jantar Mantar here, pressing for basic livelihood needs for Tamils living in the national capital.

He criticised political parties which did not heed to his appeal for boycotting the elections in 2009 to save Sri Lankan Tamils.

"These parties, which are now giving a call for boycotting Commonwealth Summit, declined to consider my plea to boycott the last elections," he added.

Refuting reports that he was in New for holding discussions with Congress for alliance, he said, "I am not in to meet somebody, but only to voice the concerns of Tamil people."

However, the DMDK founder said that he would ally with political parties that would agree to his conditions.

The actor turned politician also faulted the statements of DMK and AIADMK leaders on sacrificing their lives for the welfare of Tamils.

"The supreme leaders of both of Dravidian parties claim that they were ready to sacrifice their lives for the cause of world Tamil community. But, ask them to sacrifice their lives for the betterment of Tamils at least in Delhi, they will not," he said.

First Published: Sun, October 27 2013. 18:30 IST