The opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today questioned the stand of the Indian central government on the agitation campaign taking place in Tamil Nadu against Sri Lanka.
JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the Indian government must state clearly if it can assure the safety of Sri Lankans visiting India.
He said that it is the responsibility of the Indian government and not Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jeyaram to ensure the security of foreigners visiting that country.
The MP was responding to the recent incidents in Tamil Nadu targeting Sri Lankans, which has culminated with Sri Lankan cricketers being banned from taking part in IPL matches to be played in Chennai.
“The Indian government is passing the ball to Jayalalithaa then she is passing the ball back to the Indian central government and then the Indian government is passing the ball to the IPL organizers. This won’t do,” he said.
The JVP MP also said that the Sri Lankan government must also clearly state if it’s safe for Sri Lankans to travel to India.
“This is not about the IPL. This is about Sri Lankans travelling to India after obtaining a valid visa. What they are going for is irrelevant,” he said.
Dissanayake said both the Indian and Sri Lankan government’s are ignoring the core issue and passing the buck.
“Tamil Nadu and the Indian government should sort their issues. That’s not our problem. Tamil Nadu cannot deal with our government. The Indian government must do that,” he said.
He also slammed the Sri Lankan government for handing over several projects in Sri Lanka to the Indians which has affected the country’s foreign policy.
The JVP MP also accused the Sri Lankan government of creating the situation which has developed in Tamil Nadu by failing to address the core issues behind the 30 year war. (Colombo Gazette)