Jayalalitha to meet Indian PM to discuss Sri Lanka issues

June 12, New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jeyaram Jayalalitha will arrive in New Delhi tomorrow on a two-day visit to meet with the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Congress party, Indian media reported.

Ms. Jayalalitha is expected to discuss among other things, issues of Sri Lankan Tamils and the alleged attacks on Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka Navy with the Prime Minister.

She has also written to Singh last week on the fishermen attack issue.

The Chief Minister’s visit to the Indian capital, first since she was reelected to the Tamil Nadu State Assembly, comes in the wake of the Assembly unanimously adopting a resolution calling the central government to impose economic sanctions on Sri Lanka.

The Indian National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon met Ms. Jayalalitha in Chennai before joining the Indian delegation of Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar to Colombo on Friday to hold talks with Lankan authorities.

India’s Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy has called the resolution adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly seeking economic sanctions on Sri Lanka by India and some other countries as “ridiculous” and said it would be “highly damaging” for India’s national interest.

It is speculated that Ms. Jayalalitha, leader of AIADMK party, which is a staunch supporter of the separate Tamil Eelam cause in Sri Lanka, would offer her support to the Congress-led coalition at the Centre if the Congress drops her opponent DMK party which has lost the Tamil Nadu election mainly due to the 2G spectrum scam.

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