In a significant move amid the building momentum in Tamil Nadu where Tamil leaders are voicing their support to the Tamils as the Sri Lankan forces intensified their attacks in the Vanni, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the Leader of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, J. Jayalalitha, Saturday extended her support to a fasting campaign being organised by the Communist Party of India (CPI).
In a letter to D. Pandyan, the general secretary of the CPI in Tamil Nadu, Ms. Jayalalitha said her party extended their wholehearted support to the success of the campaign, which highlights the problems and urges to safeguard the lives, properties and the rights of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, according to Indian press reports.
The CPI organised fasting campaign is to take place in all the district capitals of Tamil Nadu state on 2 October that falls on the date of Mahatma Gandhi s birthday.
The CPI has urged the Centre in India to pressure the Sri Lankan government to immediately halt the killings and to return to the path of negotiations, stating that the war being waged by the Sri Lanka government is against the Tamil speaking population in general and that it was not viewed as a war against a militant movement.
In the meantime, Dr. S. Ramadoss, the founder-leader of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) in Tamil Nadu, has also announced a protest on 30 September.
The president of the movement, Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) K. Veeramani and Thol Thirumavalavan, the leader of the political party, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Kadchchi (VCK), courted arrest last Tuesday along with 500 of their cadres, while attempting a rail blockade in Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, to protest against Indian aid to the Sri Lanka government.
Reports of the engagement of Indian military radar operators in the wake of an attack by the Tigers on Sri Lankan Forces Vanni Headquarters (SF-HQ) in Vavuniya, in which at least two Indian personnel were wounded, has fuelled the protests in Tamil Nadu against Indian military aid to Colombo.