Congress against Ealam

India’s ruling Congress party does not support a separate Ealam sate in Sri Lanka, the Hindu newspaper reported.

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president B.S. Gnanadesikan said his party strongly believed that a solution to the ethnic question should be found within a united Sri Lanka.

“We cannot interfere with the internal affairs of another country. But, India is committed to the rehabilitation of the Sri Lankan Tamils, who suffered at the hands of both the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Army in the last 20 years. The priority is to find a home for them and ensure education for their children.”

Reacting to the demand for Eelam by various Tamil leaders, including DMK president M. Karunanidhi, Mr. Gnanadesikan said that any aggressive stand by political leaders in Tamil Nadu would not be in the interests of Sri Lankan Tamils, the Hindu reported.

“It will unnecessarily create suspicion among Sri Lankan political leadership and will not augur well for the Tamils. So, I appeal to the Tamil leaders to exercise restraint.”