Will seek dual citizenship for Lankan Tamils: Jaya
AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Saturday asserted her party would take “continuous steps” to attain a separate homeland for Tamils in Sri Lanka and demand that the Centre grant dual citizenship for refugees from the island nation living in the state. Addressing a huge election rally here, she said she has been continuously demanding an independent, international probe over war crimes and alleged genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka. “So as to enable Sri Lankan Tamils live with full freedom and self-respect and to attain a separate Eelam, continuous steps will be taken,” she said. Launching a diatribe against arch rival DMK over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, she alleged that DMK and Congress were together responsible for the destruction of Sri Lankan Tamils.
“We will urge the Central government to confer dual citizenship on Sri Lankan Tamils living here so that they can easily get job opportunities,” she said. Noting that Sri Lankan Tamils have for long been living in and outside camps in Tamil Nadu, she said her regime was giving them all facilities.