Jaya asks Modi to retake Kachchatheevu
The regaining of Katchatheevu island, from Sri Lanka, was one of the prime demands made by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jeyaram, when she met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (14) after her land mark victory in the Tamil Nadu State Assembly last month.
Jayalalithaa handed over a 29-page memorandum to Modi and her prime demand was the retaking of the Katchchtheevu island from Sri Lanka.
Jayalalithaa also emphasized on the retrieval of Kachchathheevu island from Sri Lanka, in her State Assembly election manifesto and pledged to the voters that she would prioritize the Tamil Nadu fishermen’s issue in the Lankan waters. She also pledged to discuss the retaking of the Kachchatheevu island when she meets the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
Prior to meeting Modi, on Tuesday, she wrote several letters to the Indian Prime Minister to take immediate action to solve the problems faced by the Indian fishermen in Lankan waters and also to assist to release the Tamil Nadu fishermen and their fishing vessels from Lankan custody.
Jayalalithaa, who arrived Tuesday afternoon in New Delhi, met 50 of her party lawmakers, the largest regional group in the Indian Parliament, before she drove to PM Modi’s residence.
Discussing the Lankan issue with Modi, Jayalalithaa also brought to his notice St. Anthony’s church in Kachchatheevu. She requested the Prime Minister to allow the Indian fishermen also to take part in the renovation of the church which is being currently carried out by the Lankan Navy.
She also asked the Indian Prime Minister to expedite a political settlement to the Lankan Tamil issue.