The chief minister of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK leader, J Jayalalithaa told voters in Tiruchi that her party would work towards a separate Tamil Eelam where Tamils from the island could live with independence and respect.
"Will take steps for creation of separate Tamil Eelam for Sri Lankan Tamils where they can live an independent and respectable life," she was quoted by Indian media outlets as saying campaigning ahead of the upcoming Tamil Nadu elections.
She reiterated her call for an investigation into the genocide of Tamils as well as the establishment of a referendum on independence.
"I have continuously demanded an independent international investigation on the people who committed genocide," she told crowds.
Slamming her rival Karunanidhi and accusing him of betraying Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka and those in Tamil Nadu, Ms Jayalalithaa also pledged to aid Eelam Tamil refugees in the state.