Tamils Issues on BJP Priority List, Says Rao

downloadMADURAI/COIMBATORE:Claiming that the BJP has managed to enroll 45 lakh people from Tamil Nadu in the last four months, Muralidhar Rao, national general secretary of the BJP, said that all the Union Ministers would tour the State in the coming months as part of a mission to strengthen the party in Tamil Nadu.

“Strengthening the party base in the southern State is important for us. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been paying special attention for the welfare of Tamils both in India and in Sri Lanka,” he said while talking to reporters here on Tuesday.

Detailing the one-year-achievement of BJP government, Rao said that during this period, Modi paid special attention to issues concerning Tamils. “He was the first PM to visit Jaffna in Northern Lanka. The Prime Minister made efforts personally for the release of five Tamil Nadu fishermen who faced capital punishment in the island nation,” he said and added that the government was making consistent efforts to resolve the fishermen row with Lanka.

“Special attention was being paid to spread the glory of Tamil language and celebrating greatness of Tiruvalluvar across the country was a testimony to this.”

When asked about citizenship status to Lankan Tamils like in the case of Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh, Rao said both were two different issues. In the case of Bangladesh Hindus, they were suppressed of t