By Amreen Ameen
India’s ruling Congress party rejected claims by a top Sri Lankan official that the Sri Lankan government’s decision to stop the use of heavy weapons during the latter stages of the war helped the Indian government win the General elections in Tamil Nadu last year.
Speaking to Daily Mirror online, Congress spokesperson, Shri Satyavrat Chaturvedi, said that the local political and economic issues in India were more dominant than the Sri Lankan issue in the outcome of the Indian polls.
“During the Elections both the rival Parties, M. Karunanidhi and his Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam party (DMK) and J. Jayalalitha’s All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party were sympathizing with the Sri Lankan Tamils and this issue was the common feature that was being used by both parties so no single party had the advantage,” Satyavrat added.
Secretary to the President Lailith Weerathunga had told Daily Mirror online last week that President Mahinda Rajapakse helped India’s congress party win the general elections in Tamil Nadu last year by reaching an agreement with the Indian Government to stop using heavy weapons during the last stages of the war. (Daily Mirror online)