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I’ll ask Centre to send Indian army to Lanka to form Eelam: Jaya

[PTI, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 18:35 No Comment]

AIADMK General Secretary Jayalalithaa tonight said if a central government of her choice was formed after Lok Sabha polls, she would ask it to send the Indian army to Sri Lanka to form a separate Tamil Eelam in that country.

Addressing an election meeting for Karur Lok Sabha candidate here, she said "naan sollum madhya arasu amayndal, India padaiyai anuppi tani eelam amaikka nadavadikkai eduppen." (If a central government of my choice is formed, I will ask it to send our troops to Sri Lanka to form separate Eelam)."

Jayalalithaa’s remarks came days after she made a dramatic shift in her party’s position last week and said she would strive for formation of a separate "Tamil Eelam" (homeland for Tamils) in Sri Lanka, saying it alone would solve the decades long ethnic strife in the island nation.

The Sri Lankan Tamils issue has come to occupy centrestage in the run-up to Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi had on Monday gone on a surprise indefinite fast demanding ceasefire in Sri Lanka but called it off six hours later after the island government announced cessation of combat operations.

At today’s meeting, Jayalalithaa was upset about the "poor police security" and wound up her speech faster as the crowd surged towards the dais breaking the barricades.

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