Modi told to speak to all Tamils – Indian PM puts Sri Lanka on top

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been urged to speak to all Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka on the Tamil issue and not just with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) General Secretary V. Anandasangaree said that dealing with the Tamil question is no more a monopoly of either the TNA or the Illangai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK).

modi“There are several serious blunders the TNA had committed. The TNA changed the course of history by their conduct, one of which was, on the instructions of the LTTE, prevented the Tamils from taking part in the Presidential election held in 2005 and the other too was a similar blunder, in asking the Tamil people to vote for a particular Sinhala candidate which made most Sinhala people to unite and help another one to win and defeat TNA’s claim that only the Tamils can determine as to who will get elected as President. To mention a 3rd incident the TNA refusing to meet the Indian foreign Secretary Shri Shiv Shankar Menon when asked to do so by him. At that time the war was at its high pitch and several innocent people were dying. If the meeting had taken place he would have advised them as to how to save the lives of thousands of men, women and children. The TNA must share the blame for this large scale deaths,” Anandasangaree said in a statement.

Anandasangaree said that the Tamils have waited for so long by allowing the TNA to deal with the ethnic problem and having lost confidence in the TNA the time has now come for all the other concerned parties to find an alternative.

The General Secretary told Modi, who is due in Sri Lanka later this week, that action should be taken forthwith to consult various political parties of Tamils and Tamil speaking people to know their views. (Colombo Gazette)

Indian PM puts Sri Lanka on top

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today noted the importance he attaches to his visit to Sri Lanka later this week saying he hopes it will make India’s relations with Sri Lanka even stronger in the larger interest of the people of both countries.

Modi will be in Sri Lanka on the 13th and 14th of March and he says he will embark on his first visit to Sri Lanka with great joy and confidence, adding that robust ties with Sri Lanka signifies the importance India attaches to the South Asian neighbourhood.

“My visit comes after President Sirisena’s visit to India during which substantial ground was covered on taking our ties forward. I am eagerly looking forward to meeting President Sirisena once again. Our ties with Sri Lanka have stood the test of time. We have a shared history, heritage and values. And yes, both our Nations share a love for cricket,” he said.

In Sri Lanka, Modi said he would be addressing the Sri Lankan Parliament and visiting the Mahabodhi Society and also considers it his good fortune that he would be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Jaffna, where he would be laying the foundation stone for the iconic Jaffna Cultural Centre that will come up adjacent to the historic Jaffna Public Library.

“I will visit the site of a Housing Project that is one among the many projects being taken up by the Indian Government for the benefit of the local people,” he added.

The Indian Prime Minister noted that India is committed in its support for Sri Lanka’s development and is sure together both countries will script a golden chapter in the history of India-Sri Lanka relations. (Colombo Gazette)