The ruling AIADMK,led by chief minister Jayalaitha is mighty thrilled at the U.S. congressional committee voting to ban aid to Sri Lanka pending ‘accountability’ over atrocities in the final phase of the Eelam war, The Asian Age reported.
Scores of AIADMK seniors, including ministers, have issued big advertisements in Tamil newspapers in Tuesday hailing the American initiative, which they insist was inspired by chief minister Jayalalitha’s resolutions in the state Assembly demanding that Delhi should impose economic embargo on Lanka.
Not just the AIADMK lieutenants, even large segments of the Tamil Diaspora across the world are hailing Jayalalitha’s strong support of the Lankan Tamil cause — particularly on the issue of rehabilitation of the war-displaced people and also bringing to trial the war-criminals in the island.
Diaspora meetings in several parts of the world have expressed happiness at Jayalalitha’s initiatives and hoped she would be able to exert pressure on Delhi to shake off its “long-held indifference to the Tamil plight”.
At the same time, DMK president M. Karunanidhi has been fast losing his ground with the Diaspora, with many being upset that he let down the Eelam Tamils in their hour of crisis.
“Even the local pro-Eelam sympathisers are now his bitter critics. They are looking to Jayalalitha to secure justice for the Tamils”, said Mr Viduthalai Rajendran, general secretary, Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam.