India must give conditional help to Sri Lanka: MP

April 17, 2022 09:22 pm | Updated 09:22 pm IST - SIVAGANGA

The Indian government may consider extending conditional help to Sri Lanka, said Congress MP Karthi Chidambaram here on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters, he said that it may take a long time for Sri Lanka to pull itself out of the crisis. “The Union government may step in and examine the modalities as to how to help them. Experts can study and give support on the conditions,” he added.

On the demand to retrieve Katchatheevu, he said that it was a settled issue between India and Sri Lanka. With the island nation now facing problems, it looks far fetched idea to get back the Katchatheevu, which would solve the demand of the fishermen to carry on fishing activities in the Palk Straits without fear from the Sri Lankan Navy personnel.

Charging the AIADMK for its poor management of public offices, Mr. Karti Chidambaram felt that the DMK government had presented a white paper on the finances and said that the people have to cooperate with the State government in improving its finances. In the last seven years, with the BJP in the Centre, the country underwent turbulent times which started from the demonetisation move, followed by the GST regime and the covid-19 pandemic.

He said that music maestro Ilayarajaa has the highest regard and respect among the people. He can have his views. However, comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi with B R Ambedkar by the music maestro was unfortunate.

On reports that Prashant Kishor would join the Congress, the MP said that he is a reputed data scientist. His ideas and suggestions may be useful for the Congress.

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