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Tamil Nadu politicians urge Indian government to vote for resolution on Sri Lanka in UNHRC

As the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council is set to vote on a crucial resolution on Sri Lanka tomorrow, politicians in Tamil Nadu have come out with statements urging the Indian government to vote in favour of the resolution, and for justice and accountability for Eelam Tamils. 

The stance of the Indian government has acquired particular prominence in the state because of Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Jayanath Colombage’s recent remarks that India has “assured support for Sri Lanka at the UNHRC.” 

That the Ministry of External Affairs did not deny this claim caused anxiety in Tamil Nadu and led to suspicions whether the central government was planning to support Colombo at the Human Rights Council. Leader of Opposition in the state M.K. Stalin said in a tweet, “The information that India will support Sri Lanka in the UNHRC vote on Sri Lanka against war crimes is shocking.”

“India should never take a stance unjust to Ilankai Tamils,” he added. 

“India should vote in favour of the resolution on war crimes in Sri Lanka at the UNHRC,” stated Thol. Thirumavalavan, leader of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK). 

Anbumani Ramadoss, head of the Pattali Makkal Katchi, said in a letter to the External Affairs Minister, “I request that India votes in favour of the UNHRC Resolution on Sri Lanka and stand for human rights and peace in Sri Lanka.” 

A senior member of the Congress Party and parliamentarian P. Chidambaram emphasised that “India must stand by the Tamils and other communities that have been denied human rights.” 

Senthamizh Seeman, chief coordinator of the Tamil nationalist Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) said "India must not perpetrate a historical betrayal again by supporting the genocidal state of Sri Lanka in the UN Council," in a strongly worded statement. 

The flurry of statements of support for Eelam Tamils from Chennai signifies the growing current of Tamil nationalist sentiment across the Palk Strait. Tamil Nadu is headed for polls set to take place on April 6. 

While campaigning goes on in full swing, the resolution on Sri Lanka is being closely watched by Tamil Nadu politicians and people, making it difficult for New Delhi to vote against the interests of Eelam Tamils. 

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