The Tamil political leadership of Sri Lanka has welcomed the new regime in India, expressing hope that the Narendra Modi-led government will pressure President Mahinda Rajapaksa to deliver on his promises to the country’s Tamils.
Congratulating the Prime Minister-elect for the “historic win”, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran said the Tamil people of Sri Lanka hoped that his government would be actively engaged with the country, helping them achieve a lasting political solution.
“We wish to congratulate Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for a very good showing in the State. We look forward to her continued support,” Mr. Sumanthiran said. The Tamil political leadership in Sri Lanka believes it is Ms. Jayalalithaa who has actual bargaining power.
C.V.K. Sivagnanam, chairman of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)-led provincial council governing the island nation’s Northern Province said: I believe BJP will be a reasonably accommodative government. They have to respect Tamil Nadu for the entire State has backed Jayalalithaa this time,” he said.
The Modi led BJP sweeping into power at the Indian General elections could ‘enhance rather than decrease the pressures on Sri Lanka’, Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka says.
Pressures to implement the 13 amendment would continue unchanged under the Modi regime, Dr. Jayatilleka presumes, adding that the 13 amendment should be implemented without further ado in order to continue cordial relations. A further delay could end up a friend becoming a foe, he has added.
Sinhala Patriotic National Movement General Secretary Dr. Wasantha Bandara has said that the Modi led BJP regime would increase pressures on Sri Lanka to implement a political package to solve the Tamils demands rather than the Congress regime.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called BJP leader Narendra Modi, congratulating him for the BJP’s victory in Indian elections. He also invited Mr. Modi on a state visit, according to a tweet from President Rajapaksa’s official twitter account.
“India and Sri Lanka have always shared good relations(in fooling the Tamil’s), and I look forward to working closely with the new administration,” he said in the statement.