Accused by rivals of failing to ensure ceasefire in Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today went on a sudden fast declaring he was ready to be “yet another victim” of violence in the island nation.
In a surprise move, the 84-year-old Chief Minister drove to the memorial of late C N Annadurai early this morning and sat on a fast there demanding immediate ceasefire in the Sri Lankan army’s offensive against the LTTE.
“Let me be one of Rajapaksa’s (Sri Lankan President’s) victims,” he told reporters at the fast site.
“This is my sacrifice on behalf of all Tamils,” said Mr. Karunanidhi, who recently underwent a major surgery for his back pain.
In in the meanwhile Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke over phone to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.
Sitting on a wheel chair, Mr. Karunanidhi said he did not want DMK men to go on a fast. “It is my decision and I do not want others to join,” he said even as a host of DMK leaders, including his daughter Kanimozhi and his grand nephew Kalanidhi Maran rushed to spot to see him.
Huge crowds of DMK supporters gathered at the fast site near the Marina beach.
Mr. Karunanidhi’s two wives Dayalu and Rajathi were at the fast site where a bed was also placed, indicating that it could be a long drawn affair.
Prominent leaders including Union Minister T R Baalu and state minister Arcot Veeraswamy were among those present at the fast site.