Speaking after the inauguration and foundation stone laying ceremony of several key projects in Chennai, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the issue of Tamil rights has been taken up consistently with Sri Lanka.
“The issue of Tamil rights has been taken up by us consistently with Sri Lanka. We are committed to ensuring that they live with equality, justice, peace and dignity.”
Informing of the Indian government’s development and welfare works for the Tamil community in Sri Lanka, PM Modi said,
“Our government has always taken good care of the welfare and aspirations of our Tamil brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka. It is my honor to be the only Indian Prime Minister to have visited Jaffna. Through development works, we are ensuring the welfare of the Sri Lankan Tamil community as well. The resources given by our government has been much more than in past. The project include 50000 houses for displaced Tamils in Northeastern Sri Lanka with 4000 houses in the plantation areas.”
Speaking of the ever prevailing issue of maritime boundaries between the two countries due to fisheries disputes, the Indian PM said,
“My government will always protect the rightful interests of our fishermen. We have ensured early release whenever fishermen are apprehended in Sri Lanka.”
“Over 1600 fishermen have been released during our tenure. Currently, there are no Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody. Similarly, 313 boats have also been released and we are working for the return of all other boats.
The problems of our fishermen are long-lasting. Without going into the history of this problem, I want to assure our fishermen that my government is committed to protecting their rightful interests in Sri Lanka.”
While the MP Modi revealing his intentions with Sri Lanka, a new spark of controversy has emerged as the Tripura chief minister, Biplab Kumar Deb revealed Bharatiya Janatha Party’s (BJP) alleged ambition to form a governments in neighboring Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Addressing a gathering during a thanksgiving to the Centre for the Budget at Rabindra Shatabarshiki Bhawan, he has unveiled these facts, the Times of India had reported.
“Amit Shah, who was then the BJP national president, had told us that the party was planning to expand its footprint and establish it’s rule in Nepal and Sri Lanka during a close interaction with several leaders at the state guesthouse here,” Biplab has claimed.
The Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) was started in 1980 and is the current ruling party in India since 2014. The BJP has expanded their party in over 40 foreign countries including USA, UK and Canada.