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Stepping up defence ties with Sri Lanka outrageous: Jayalalithaa

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Expressing dismay over reports of Indian Coast Guard participating in naval exercises with Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to recall the two ships and Coast Guard personnel participating in the event in the island nation.

“This is in complete and callous disregard of the strong views and emotions of the people of Tamil Nadu clearly and unambiguously conveyed in my earlier letters to the Prime Minister, through Assembly resolutions and through protests, agitations and demonstrations by the people of Tamil Nadu”, she said in a letter to Dr. Singh on Saturday.

Recalling her previous letter to Dr. Singh condemning the proposal made by Indian Naval Chief to enrol Sri Lankan Navy personnel in the four year Bachelor of Technology course offered to Indian Naval officers, she said, “I am totally dismayed to note from media reports that the Indian Coast Guard is participating in a marine defence exercise and has deputed ships, officers and men to Trincomalee, to participate in this exercise which is reported to be commencing there on 21st December, 2013.”

“The Government of India has still chosen to ride rough shod over the groundswell of emotions in Tamil Nadu and has persisted with its policy stance towards Sri Lanka”, she said.

“In fact, the Government of India has extended on open hand of cooperation to Sri Lankan Navy through the defence related exercise”, she said, adding, this is the same Sri Lankan Navy which continues to prey upon innocent fishermen from Tamil Nadu with impunity and subjects them to abduction, arrest, torture and long periods of detention.

“Such an overt act of defence cooperation with a nation that puts down its own hapless Tamil minority citizens and perpetrates serious human rights violations upon them, can only be termed as outrageous and condemnable”, she said.

Strongly protesting against India’s proposal for defence cooperation with Sri Lanka, Ms. Jayalalithaa said it totally ignores the impact it may have upon the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu and also have a direct effect on the right to livelihood of the fishermen in the coastal districts of the State.(PTI)
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  • UN-Predict Sunday, 22 December 2013 04:33 PM

    All politicians can become actors, but no actor can become a good politician.

    Shehan Saturday, 21 December 2013 12:14 PM

    This is hilarious.
    Poor Manmohan Singh must be really sick of this woman!

    Ramani Saturday, 21 December 2013 12:44 PM

    Imagine the outrageous comment by a future prime minister of India!

    Achchcharu Monday, 23 December 2013 08:21 AM

    Why should we hate those who deserve sympathy. Esp the poor poor PM

    Vic Saturday, 21 December 2013 01:01 PM

    When a larger Navy comes around these Navy becomes smaller and irrelevant.

    Gamarala Monday, 23 December 2013 09:24 AM

    Could someone just please slap this woman and ask her to shut her trap?

    niro Monday, 23 December 2013 10:06 AM

    she has nothing to do with Sri Lanka, nor she hates our country. This is only for political mileage. Don't get carried away guys..

    Shehan Sunday, 22 December 2013 09:27 AM

    Unfortunately, these people will go to their graves full of hatred and bitterness!

    Noel Saturday, 21 December 2013 06:55 AM

    I laugh at her term: innocent fishermen.

    an s !!!kith udugama Monday, 23 December 2013 02:19 AM

    Dry up lady We know who you are.

    Be Fair Saturday, 21 December 2013 05:45 PM

    Yar, remember the "RAW" days when you fed the LTTE. I don't want to go there. Now things have changed.

    abdul1 Saturday, 21 December 2013 07:42 AM

    Dumb Jayalalitha, do not know how to rule the sea.Indian Ocean is controled by Sri Lanka and Maldives. If India does not participate it is their loss

    dharmapala Saturday, 21 December 2013 06:00 PM

    tamil nadu chief minister talking with the center is waste of time he is a puppet of sonia, MR Modi wiill be the next prime minister ,mr Modi will solved the fishiers problem, wasnot allowed to go srilanka common wealth meeting,

    dharmapala Saturday, 21 December 2013 06:40 PM

    mr manmonsingh is very gunning person, he response only to ms sonia,but tamil nadu leader mr singh was not allowed to go srilanka ,common wealth meeting,

    Gamarala Sunday, 22 December 2013 12:36 AM

    This woman's hatred of Sri Lanka is obvious.

    Chandima Saturday, 21 December 2013 09:02 AM

    Next prime minister of India!!!
    Hik Hik!

    Ganesh Sunday, 22 December 2013 04:06 PM

    How many of you are there with full of hatred of your countrymen also will go to the same place Pl remember


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