The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said that it did not favour creation of a separate state (Eelam) for Tamils in Sri Lanka and demanded that India impose sanctions on Colombo if civilian deaths continue.
The BJP also did not have any sympathy for Velupillai Prabhakharan, chief of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), senior party leader Yashwant Sinha told reporters in Bangalore. Prabhakharan "is a proclaimed offender" and the LTTE "is a terrorist organisation," Sinha added.
The BJP opposed the killing of civilians in the island nation and demanded India impose sanctions on Colombo if this continued.
"We are not in favour of a separate nation created out of Sri Lanka, but totally against butchering of Tamil civilians," Sinha said.
"The party is for giving rights to northern Tamils within the integrity and territorial unity of Sri Lanka," he said.
Sinha said India "must make its intentions very clear to Sri Lanka. With diplomatic channels and a high power delegation not working, the only option left is imposing sanctions on Sri Lanka if it goes ahead and disregards Indian advice."