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Will have Indian Army create Tamil Eelam: Jayalalithaa

Stepping up her pro-Eelam rhetoric, AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said if the people elected a government at the Centre that heeded her, she would ensure that the army was sent to Sri Lanka to create a separate ‘Tamil Eelam’ by force.

Answering critics, especially Congress spokesman Kapil Sibal, who had termed her call for carving out a separate homeland for Tamils in Sri Lanka as ‘anti-national and irresponsible’, Jayalalithaa told an election meeting in this western Tamil Nadu town that she would follow the same norms and provisions of international law that Indira Gandhi had used to win freedom for Bangladesh and Rajiv Gandhi had invoked to send troops to Sri Lanka.

“If a government that listens to me is formed at the Centre, I will take action for the despatch of the Indian army to the island nation and create a separate Tamil Eelam,” the AIADMK leader said. “Will the Congress spokesman say Indira Gandhi was unaware of international law when she sent troops to Bangladesh? Or will he say Rajiv did not understand international law?”

It was advocating the bifurcation of India that could be termed anti-national, and not the partition of another country. “The real act of treason was done by the Congress government at the Centre and the DMK regime in the state in 1974 when Kachchativu, an islet that was part of India, was ceded to Sri Lanka, ignoring a constitutional bar on ceding of territory and a Supreme Court verdict,” Jayalalithaa said.

She also ridiculed DMK president and chief minister M Karunanidhi’s fast for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka, dubbing it a drama. “He called off the fast after a few hours claiming that the neighbouring country had declared a ceasefire. However, even before he reached home, Sri Lanka had clarified that there was no ceasefire. Attacks using heavy weapons including multi-barrel rocket launchers are continuing,” she said. – (Times of India)


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