Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sri Lanka: India gives LTTE Sri Lankan MP this marching orders

Following the controversial political conduct of the Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian MK Sivajilingam in India, the Indian central government has issued orders that the Sri Lankan must "Quit India" voluntarily within 72 hours or face deportation, Indian news sources said.

According to reports from India, what has irked Indian officialdom is Sivajilingam's open advocacy of a separate state -Tamil Eelam - being set up with Indian support in Sri Lanka.

Sivajilingam has also openly expressed support for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and its leader Prabakharan, a web based news agency reported.

The LTTE is proscribed as a terrorist movement under Indian law and anyone suspected of supporting such a proscribed terrorist entity is regarded as an "offender".

Moreover Indian security officials have been perturbed over Sivajilingam moving closely with Tamil Nadu politicians sympathising with the LTTE.

He is suspected of aiding, abetting and instigating many political demonstrations and meetings in India that demand a removal of the LTTE ban and extending support for the establishment of Tamil Eelam.

Sivajilingam has openly participated in Indian political meetings and spoken in support of Tamil Eelam and the LTTE.

This is seen as both "interference" in the domestic politics of India as well as using "Indian soil" to undermine a friendly country like Sri Lanka.

Since Sivajilingam is an elected Mp the Indian authorities have given him "Time" to depart voluntarily instead of forcibly deporting him, sources said.

Some years ago a Sri Lankan Tamil political activist MK Eelavendhan was deported to Sri Lanka for indulging in political activity supporting the LTTE.

n what could be regarded as blatant defiance of the Indian "order" Sivajilingam who was staying at the Jawarhalal Nehru University hostel in new Delhi has immediately gone to the Tamil Nadu capital Chennai instead of complying with the official instructions and leaving India, sources further added.

Sivajilingam had the "chutzpah" to participate brazenly in an MDMK sponsored protest near the Sri Lankan deputy - high commission in Chennai.

MDMK leader Vaiko (V. Gopalswamy) revealed while speaking at the meeting that Sivajilingam had been asked to leave India for engaging in political propaganda on Indian soil.

Courtesy: Government Information Department
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