Claiming that the Indian Central government is submissive to Sri Lanka like a mouse, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has once again asked the centre to send back the nine Sri Lankan Air force personnel who are being trained in India, the NDTV reported.
She said, "the Indian empire should pounce like a tiger. Sadly India is submissive to Sri Lanka like a mouse".
Last week the Defence Ministry had shifted the Lankan airmen from the Tambaram Air Force Station in Chennai where they underwent a technical training, to the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore following an outcry by the state Chief Minister and other political parties. But Jaylalithaa who spearheaded the protest had said "the nine Sri Lankan air force personnel should not be given technical training in any part of the country". She had earlier termed it "anti-Tamil".
Today the Jayalalitha also came down heavily on her arch-rival Karunanidhi. She says "if Karunanidhi had genuine concern for the Tamil community he should have emphatically told the central government he supports to send the Lankans back".
Sources in the Indian Defence Ministry say training to Lankan defence personnel is part of a Common Wealth Programme and it would be difficult for India to detach Sri Lanka from it. As Jayalalithaa ups the ante, it’s going to be a tough call for the centre on this sensitive issue.