BJP leaders discuss 13A with govt
May 9, 2015 10:46 am
A BJP team from Tamil Nadu on a Track II diplomatic mission has urged the Sri Lankan government to expedite democratic reforms under the 13th amendment to ensure devolution of powers to Tamil provinces and grant of equal rights to Tamils.
“The issue of the 13th amendment was discussed with Lankan minister for health Rajitha Senaratne and minister for resettlement D M Swaminathan,” BJP national executive member L Ganesan said on his return from Colombo on Thursday.
Ganesan visited Sri Lanka on an invitation from Ilangai Jayaraj, popular orator and expert in Kamban Ramayana, to address a conference in Colombo on the 12 century Tamil epic.
Ganesan combined his cultural visit with a Track II diplomatic mission with state BJP vice president M Chakravarthy to meet Tamils and interact with Sri Lankan ministers, as a follow up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state to the island nation in March.
“The issue of giving equal rights to Tamils was discussed with Sri Lankan minister for health Rajitha Senaratne and minister for resettlement D M Swaminathan,” said the BJP national executive member.
Ganesan said the ministers had conveyed their government’s commitment to rehabilitate around 80,000 war widows through professional training and skill development programmes.
During their five-day visit, a delegation of Tamils from Jaffna called on the BJP leaders. The delegation invited them to the northern provinces. Indian origin Tamil settlers in tea estates had also met them.
Chakravarthy said both Sinhalese and Tamils “are slowly getting out of the LTTE phobia and looking towards the future”.
Source: Time of India