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25 March, 2008 - Published 17:13 GMT

Sivaramakrishnan Parameswaran
Producer Tamil Service

TN politician resigns over Lanka

A cabinet minister rank official in the State Government of Tamil Nadu has resigned his post in protest against the Indian Government Military support to the government of Sri Lanka.

Vijaya T. Rajendar a film personality and leader of the Lakshiya Dravida munnetra Kazaham (LDMK) , a political ally of the ruling DMK in Tamilnadu has resigned his post of Vice chairman of the State Small Savings Organisation.

He alleged that training Sri Lankan military personnel and providing military assistance by Indian government is indirectly helping Sri Lankan authorities to kill innocent Tamils.

Speaking to the BBC Tamil Service. Rajendar said that he resigned his post to avoid embarassment to the Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi, when he conducts meetings in various parts of Tamilnadu supporting the Sri Lankan Tamils and explaining their plight.

The first meeting will be held at Madurai on the 29th March, he said.

He said he is resigning against the Indian government stand of supporting the Sri Lankan Army which is acting against the interest of the Sri Lankan Tamils.

Hence any protest by him would cause deep embarassment to the ruling parties in the state and the centre.

The DMK and Congress parties support each other in the state and the Federal government.

Even humanitarian assitance by the people in Tamilnadu through the Red Cross has been denied by the Indian Federal Government, he alleged.

Pointing out that the Indian government is supplying military equipment including radars to the Government of Sr Lanka he has called for such activity to be stopped immediately.