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Tamil leader Anandasangaree wants Indian model of devolution in Sri Lanka

Tamil United Liberation Front leader V. Anandasangaree has written a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi backing the Indian model of “devolution of power” to solve the ethnic impasse in the island nation. File photo   | Photo Credit: S_S_KUMAR

A veteran Sri Lankan Tamil politician has written a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi backing the Indian model of “devolution of power” to solve the ethnic impasse in the island nation.

“I am one who had been campaigning for an Indian model as an alternative to a federal solution,” V. Anandasangaree wrote to Mr. Modi.

Mr. Anandasangaree, 81, is the leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front and a former Member of the Parliament.

Referring to the TNA leaders’ meeting with Mr. Modi in New Delhi, Mr. Anandasangaree in his letter catalogues the links between the LTTE and the TNA.

“Indian Prime Minister’s advice would be important to find a solution to the Tamil problem but finding a solution was not the monopoly of TNA. Hence action must be taken to consult various political parties of Tamils and Tamil-speaking people,” Mr. Anandasangaree wrote in the letter.

He seeks Mr. Modi’s support to convene an all Tamil political party meeting with the possibility of discussing the Indian model of ‘devolution of power’ as a solution to the three decade old ethnic conflict in the island country between the Tamil-speaking minority and the Sinhalese majority.

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