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Lanka northern province CM praises India for help

Wigneswaran said the short-term plan for his new government will be to help the war-torn families.

Acknowledging India’s “indirect role” in holding northern provincial council elections in Sri Lanka,newly elected Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran Tuesday asked the Mahinda Rajapaksa government to give the northern region more funds from the country’s consolidated funds and also sought donor countries’,including India’s,help in rebuilding the region.

In his first interaction with Indian journalists a day after being sworn in as the new CM from Tamil National Alliance,Wigneswaran said,“I am here because of India,it almost had a hand in the polls being held here. When the government was saying it is not going to hold the polls,it is going to scrap the 13th amendment,they decided to have it…that is how I got elected. Not that India brought me in,but India had an indirect role.”

Before meeting visiting External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Tuesday,Wigneswaran said the short-term plan for his new government will be to help the war-torn families.

Khurshid also met Rajapaksa Tuesday and said he had a “very open-hearted” and “meaningful” conversation.

Khurshid inaugurated two new houses which were part of Indian government’s assistance to build 50,000 houses for the poor and needy Sri Lankan Indian-origin Tamils.