TN CM and Modi discuss dual citizenship for Lankan refugees

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and presented a memorandum on 23 crucial issues related to the state, including a proposal to grant of dual citizenship for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees.

In his memorandum to Modi, Palaniswami also noted the issues faced by Tamils in Sri Lanka, the Asian Age reported.

On the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Palaniswami’s memorandum said, “Democratic decentralisation through the 13th amendment to the island Constitution should be the spring board for the self determination rights of Tamils, through which the Lankan Tamils could eventually realise the aspiraction of Tamil Eelam. Other demands included grant of dual citizenship for Lankan Tamil refugees living in Tamil Nadu, adoption of Tamil as an official language of the Union and use of Tamil in the high court of Madras.

Palaniswami was entrusted with the chief ministership by AIADMK chief V K Sasikala, after she was convicted in a case related to disproportionate assets.

Amid chaos he had managed to win the confidence motion in the state assembly earlier this month, thus ending a 10-day long political uncertainty. The constitutional crisis had begun after caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam had revolted against Ms Sasikala.

Ultimately Palaniswami received support of 122 MLAs of AIADMK and became the chief minister. Modi in a telephonic conversation had congratulated him on taking over as chief minister of Tamil Nadu, soon after. (Colombo Gazette)


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