Ties between Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu have been strained over the years, particularly on a long standing conflict between fishermen of both countries, fueled in recent times by accusations raised by Jayalalithaa.
Jayalalithaa was today found guilty by an Indian court in a disproportionate assets case which has resulted in her losing her post as Chief Minister and being sentenced to jail.
Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the judgment showed how corrupt the Tamil Nadu politician was and is a good lesson both for her and corrupt politicians even in Sri Lanka.
Senaratne said that Jayalalithaa, who was often vocal on the fishermen issue, was not really concerned about Indian fishermen but their boat owners.
Jayalalithaa had been accused of having links with the boat owners resulting in her demanding the release of Indian boats seized by Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan navy often arrests Indian fishermen who stray into Sri Lankan waters to catch fish and while most fishermen had been freed their boats remain in Sri Lankan custody.
Senaratne said he hoped with Jayalalithaa being forced to step down from her post sanity will prevail and the fishermen issue will finally be resolved amicably.
Tamil Nadu, under Jayalalithaa, has also been pushing for action against the Sri Lankan Government over allegations of human rights abuses being committed during the war but the Indian central Government has insisted that Sri Lanka should be allowed to address the issue through a domestic mechanism. (Colombo Gazette)