BJP, Lanka discuss 13th amendment

L GanesanA BJP team from Tamil Nadu on a Track II diplomatic mission has urged the Sri Lankan government to expedite democratic reforms under the 13th amendment to ensure devolution of powers to Tamil provinces and grant of equal rights to Tamils, the Times of India reported.

“The issue of the 13th amendment was discussed with Lankan minister for health Rajitha Senaratne and minister for resettlement D M Swaminathan,” BJP national executive member L Ganesan said on his return to India from Colombo.

Ganesan visited Sri Lanka on an invitation from Ilangai Jayaraj, popular orator and expert in Kamban Ramayana, to address a conference in Colombo on the 12 century Tamil epic.

Ganesan combined his cultural visit with a Track II diplomatic mission with state BJP vice president M Chakravarthy to meet Tamils and interact with Sri Lankan ministers, as a follow up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state to the island nation in March.

“The issue of giving equal rights to Tamils was discussed with Sri Lankan minister for health Rajitha Senaratne and minister for resettlement D M Swaminathan,” said the BJP national executive member.

Ganesan said the ministers had conveyed their government’s commitment to rehabilitate around 80,000 war widows through professional training and skill development programmes.

During their five-day visit, a delegation of Tamils from Jaffna called on the BJP leaders. The delegation invited them to the northern provinces. Indian origin Tamil settlers in tea estates had also met them.

Chakravarthy said both Sinhalese and Tamils “are slowly getting out of the LTTE phobia and looking towards the future”.

Speaking about conference, Ganesan said: “Jayaraj has been organising annual conferences on Asian epics and related literature for the past 25 years. This time he invited me to deliver the keynote address.”

The conference was inaugurated by Malaysian deputy minister for sports M Sarvananan on May 1.

The BJP leaders also joined the Buddha Purnima celebrations in Colombo. “I have not seen something like this for a long time. Every street was crowded in the Lankan capital with people and vehicles. People lined up patiently to receive food specially prepared for the occasion and distributed in various parts of the city,” he recalled.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Recently MY3 said he would not allow any foreign interfearence inside the country.So after a week ..he fogot what he said.It is time people kick him out..Have Indians resolve Kashmire problems over 60 years..NO.NO> so butout from Srilanka and mind your own problems first than putting yr NOSE IN SRILANKA>

  2. Sri lanka is not that Tamil home land or that colony of Tamils.
    Tamil home land is Tamil Nadu, any Tamil person want their own land
    why don’t their go back to Indian Tamil Nadu.
    There is no room for 13 A imposed by Indian IPKF gun point in 1987 by Rajive Gandi- INC politics.
    That is not that democratic solution for minority problems of Island.
    The Tamils being Sri lanka as an invading soldiers and proxy troops had been occupied several years before.
    They born and lived in Tamil Nadu India.
    Tamil in few political class want be establish rouge state in North part of Island. Sri Lankan majority democracies are totally an opposed that move by MS,UNP -Ranil.W.. and CBK ,TNA and LTTE diaspora.

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