Jaya adds voice to 13A

The Times of India reported that the chief minister had said that Tamils in Tamil Nadu and Tamil diaspora spread across the world were “outraged and incensed over the impunity with which the Sri Lankan government was ignoring international sentiments and binding resolutions relating to reconciliation and rehabilitation and the ongoing gross human rights abuses against Lankan Tamils.” Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has added her voice to the issue over the 13th Amendment to the constitution by urging the  Indian government to ensure the Sri Lankan government does not repeal the amendment.“The Centre should ensure that the process of democratic decentralization, which is integral to the survival of the Tamils in Lanka, is in no way jeopardized,” Jayalalithaa said in a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a copy of which was released to the Indian media on Sunday. Her letter comes in the wake of the Sri Lankan government’s decision to constitute a parliamentary select committee to review the thirteenth amendment to the constitution. “It appears that our worst fears regarding the intentions and motives of the present Sri Lankan regime are coming true,” the chief minister said.In March last, the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly passed a resolution calling for a referendum on a separate Eelam for Tamils in Sri Lanka and Tamils displaced from Lanka and live in other countries. The aspirations of the Lankan Tamils could be realized only through a Tamil Eelam, Jayalalithaa said. read more