TNCC (Tamil Nadu Congress Party) president E.V.K.S. Elangovan on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps for the removal of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and install a new leader who would protect the interests of the Tamils in the island nation.
“Mr. Modi knows how to do this. India is a super power, and it is the duty of a super power to remove an anti-people government,” he told reporters at the party headquarters Satyamurthy Bhavan.
On the death sentence handed to five Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Colombo High Court, Mr. Elangovan said Mr. Rajapaksa was behind the judgment, and not the judiciary, because there was no democracy in Sri Lanka.
Asked how India could interfere in the internal affairs of another country and seek to remove a democratically elected President, Mr. Elangovan said that though his view could sound absurd, many anti-people regimes had been removed. “I do not know how Mr. Rajapaksa could be removed. But Mr. Modi will certainly know the methods. If he does not know, he can get help from the U.S., which has great experience in overthrowing regimes.”
When told that the Congress-led UPA government had also supported Mr. Rajapaksa, Mr. Elangovan clarified that when it was Mr. Rajapaksa versus the LTTE, the Congress government took a stand against the LTTE. “It does not mean we helped the Rajapaksa government. The LTTE is a terrorist organisation. No government helped the Sri Lankan Tamils as the Congress government did. It is the Congress government that ensured a train service between Jaffna and Colombo and constructed two lakh houses for the Tamils,” he said.
Mr. Elangovan said actor Rajinikanth should not join any party, including the Congress. As an artist, he should not confine himself to a particular party. (The Hindu)