‘Tamil Nadu’s new leaders should keep up pressure on Lanka’

Shivajilingam, a hardline nationalist and relative of slain LTTE supremo V Prabahakaran, said Jayalalithaa had, at all times, shown interest in pressurising New Delhi to make Sri Lanka address Tamils' concerns.

By: PTI | Colombo | Published: December 7, 2016 6:25 pm

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Shivajilingam, a hardline nationalist and relative of slain LTTE supremo V Prabahakaran, said Jayalalithaa had, at all times, shown interest in pressurising New Delhi to make Sri Lanka address Tamils’ concerns.

Jayalalithaa was a strong advocate of preserving Tamil Nadu fishermen in fishing in Palk straits despite the Sri Lankan Navy arresting them for trespassing into Sri Lankan waters, he said, adding that by doing this, she was only trying to cater to the demands from Tamil Nadu fishermen.

Yesterday, President Maithripala Sirisena condoled her demise with the diaspora grieving the loss of their beloved leader. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa also offered his condolences.

Rajapaksa, during his presidency, had invited Jayalalithaa to visit Sri Lanka to witness the post-war conditions. Jayalalithaa had a chequered relationship with Sri Lanka. While the Sinhala majority supported her strong anti-LTTE sentiments, they did not favour her for her pro-Tamil nationalist stance.

The Tamil minority in Sri Lanka favoured Jayalalithaa for her ability to pressure New Delhi to nudge Sri Lankan political leadership to grant concessions to Tamils.

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    banana jaffna
    Dec 8, 2016 at 12:53 pm
    when they cant even wave a flag to tamil people our tamil politicians cry "Amma" india for help... now no "Amma" for help. only you did is create racial hatred and violence and getting india to spend.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;sambandan, shivagi, vignes now really start working for the tamil people. u have no escape.
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