May 13, Chennai: AIADMK chief Jayaram Jayalalitha, elected to be chief minister of the Tamil Nadu state of India for a third time, said today the central government should declare Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa a “war criminal” for the “genocide” of Tamils.
The Indian government should impose economic sanctions against Sri Lanka to force the Sri Lankan government to take steps to alleviate the sufferings of Tamils in the country to provide them “an honourable and decent life”, Jayalalitha has told Jaya TV of India.
“The State Government’s role on Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue was limited and it was for the Centre to do something for the betterment of the Tamils,” she has said.
After successive defeats in elections since 2004, Jayalalitha stormed into victory in Tamil Nadu in today’s assembly polls although the ruling Congress Party got a boost from three out of the five state elections held.
Jayalalitha’s foe, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party led by the former chief minister Karunanidhi, a Congress Party ally, suffered a huge defeat in Tamil Nadu.