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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 05.34 GMT
Indian Opp Leader criticised Tamil Eelam demand


Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj criticised the demand for a separate ‘Tamil Eelam' by some political parties in Tamil Nadu, even though the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) the main political force of the Tamils in Sri Lanka favoured a genuine political solution within a united Sri Lanka.

Addressing the fifth State conference of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), she said the TNA leader, R. Sampanthan, whom she met as leader of a parliamentary delegation that went to Sri Lanka recently to study the Tamils' issue, emphasised that he wanted the Tamils to remain within a united Sri Lanka. He insisted only on a genuine political settlement, The Hindu reported.

“When such a respected leader of the Tamils was for a political solution within a united Sri Lanka, why are some parties here raising the separatist issue?” she asked. She insisted that the unity and integrity of Sri Lanka be respected the way India's unity and integrity were respected.

Ms. Swaraj took a dig at both the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam for having withdrawn their representatives from the parliamentary panel that visited Sri Lanka. Asserting that it was not a picnic for the MPs, she said the panel insisted on visiting the internally displaced people who were kept in camps. “We told them that their visit would have no purpose at all, if they were not allowed to meet the affected Tamils,” she said.




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