India’s Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP) has emphasised that it will never permit the establishment of a ‘Tamil Eelam State’ within Sri Lanka. A BJP leader Venkiah Naidu said his party constantly supports the unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and said that a solution should be sought within the structure of the Sri Lankan Constitution.
“As far as the BJP is concerned we are for maintaining the unity and integrity of Sri Lanka and for a solution within the Constitutional frame work of that country,” Naidu said addressing a media conference in New Delhi.
“If you support the demand for a separate nation, it will have its repercussion in your own country,” he said in reply to a question on the pro-Eelam statement issued by V Gopalasamy alias Vaiko, leader of MDMK.
The BJP reiterated that it would not support any element to set up an Eelam state in Sri Lanka and stated that supporting a separate state in Sri Lanka could bring adverse effects on India itself.
Tamil Nadu MDMK party which expects to form a coalition with the BJP has proposed in its election manifesto to hold a referendum for a separate state in Sri Lanka. Rejecting the MDMK proposal, the BJP leader said that any party has the liberty to express its opinion.
According to independent polls, the BJP is likely to be the largest single party in the forthcoming Indian general elections.