Wimal tells Jayalalithaa to set up Tamil Eelam in South India

If Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa envisions the setting up of a separate state for Tamils worldwide, then the best place is south India, where people speak all the languages of the Dravidian family, Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister, Wimal Weerawansa said on Saturday.

Addressing a foundation stone laying ceremony for a housing scheme by the name Rosewatte, at Aluthwela, Ambangaha in Matale, the minister said that the TN Chief Minister kept her mouth shut when the LTTE leader Prabhakaran was alive. Now Jayalalaithaa has commenced a campaign to talk about emancipation of Tamils and the need for eelam. "This so-called eelam would be better and feasible only in South India which is considered as the cradle of Tamil civilization. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karanataka, taken together, was the former Chola empire and if she thinks of any separate state, that is the best place, rather than plotting to set this country ablaze," he said.

The minister said that if Jayalalithaa thought that she could instigate the Tamils in Sri Lanka by her so-called Tamil patriotic remarks, she is mistaken. "Instead of setting up a Tamil eelam there, Jayalalithaa advocates that our Tamil brethren set it up here. She sheds crocodile tears for the cause of Tamils in Sri Lanka doing nothing for Tamils there."

The South Indian leaders put pressure on the Indian central government to vote against Sri Lanka at Geneva, he said adding that those who canvass for anti-Sri Lankan vote were not concerned about the welfare of Tamils living in Sri Lanka but their own political expediency and survival.

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