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Jaya calls for equal rights for Lankan Tamils; silent on Eelam

AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa today said the elimination of LTTE will not wipe out the "injustice" rendered to the Tamils in Sri Lanka and asked Colombo to ensure equal rights to all citizens.

india Updated: May 21, 2009 15:22 IST

AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa today said the elimination of LTTE will not wipe out the "injustice" rendered to the Tamils in Sri Lanka and asked Colombo to ensure equal rights to all citizens.

Jayalalithaa, who had on the eve of elections asserted that Tamil Eelam was the only solution to resolve the ethnic strife in Sri Lanka, said the Sri Lankan government should address all genuine grievances of the Tamil community in the the aftermath of the fall of LTTE.

"The unrest in Sri Lanka was triggered off only because the Tamils of the island were relegated, post-independence, to the status of secondary citizens in their own homeland.

"Decimation of the LTTE or the killings of its leaders will not wipe away the injustice meted out to this large community which had its roots in Sri Lanka," she said.

The Rajapakse government "should realise this basic truth," and address all the genuine grievances of the "oppressed" Tamil community and come out with necessary constitutional changes to ensure equal rights to all citizens in Sri Lanka, she said without referring to her Eelam demand nor reports of the death of LTTE chief Prabhakaran.