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Will strive for creating separate Eelam in Sri Lanka: Jaya

india Updated: May 02, 2009 21:42 IST

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AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa today vowed to strive for creating a separate Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka, if the combine including her party was voted to power at the Centre.

"When late Indira Gandhi could create Bangladesh, why can't a separate Eelam be carved out in Sri Lanka," she asked an election rally at nearby Mettupalayam.

Jayalalilthaa claimed that after she announced her support for Tamil Eelam (homeland for Tamils), she has been receiving thousands of e-mails, SMSs and calls from Tamils from all over the world.

All the messages requested her not to rest till Eelam was formed in the island nation, Jayalalithaa said.

In a dramatic shift in her party's stand, Jayalalithaa had recently supported the creation of a Tamil Eelam, saying it was the only solution to end the decades-old ethnic strife in Sri Lanka.

After supporting Tamil Eelam, Jayalalithaa had upped the ante two days back also, saying if a government of her choice was formed at the Centre, she would take steps to send the Indian army to Sri Lanka to form a separate Tamil Eelam.

Jayalalithaa said when thousands of Tamils in various parts of the world were becoming emotional on the issue, the Centre and the DMK in Tamil Nadu "have kept quiet" for the last two years.