Says India had no role in the supposed dilution of the resolution

TNCC president B.S. Gnanadesikan on Wednesday wondered how India could safeguard the welfare of Sri Lankan Tamils without engaging the island nation.

He was responding to a reporter’s question on his view on the State Assembly resolution urging the Centre to stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly country, and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s opposition to India’s participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting to be held in Colombo in November.

The State government’s decision to bar Sri Lankan players from IPL matches in Chennai was an outcome of the prevailing situation. However, he said there should not be any political interference in sports.

The TNCC would hold public meetings district-wise after March 30 to highlight the achievements of UPA government and dispel the “false propaganda” on Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue, Mr. Gnanadesikan said. A handbook the party intended to distribute in the State would provide clarity on the efforts made by the Congress for the welfare of Tamils. About Chief Minister’s demand for retrieval of Katchatheevu as a permanent solution to protect fishermen from attacks, he said it could be taken on lease.

  • “TNCC will hold public meetings after March 30 to highlight achievements of UPA government”

  • “Katchatheevu can be taken on long-term lease”