Date: 22/05/2014

BJP Govt Kindles Fresh Hopes for SL Refugees

RAMANATHAPURAM: With Narendra Modi set to assume charge as Prime Minister of India, the Lankan Tamil at the Mandapam transit camp are hopeful of a new lease of life. The change of guard at Centre has kindled hope in the minds of Lankan Tamils, who expect a more proactive role on the part of Indian government to ensure peace and a dignified life for Tamils living in the northern province of the island nation.

Sri Lanka witnessed armed conflict between LTTE cadre and Lankan armed forces in 2009, during which thousands of Lankan Tamils fled to India to save their lives.

Meanwhile, the attitude of UPA government at Centre, which maintained silence when Tamils were subjected to torture disheartened the refugees.

With the BJP government set to assume office next week, the Lankan Tamils are hopeful that India will intervene to ensure peace and a dignified life for Tamils in Sri Lanka. The historical victory of AIADMK in the Lok Sabha elections also has kindled hope in their minds.

Viyakulan (name changed) of Jaffna revealed that the Lankan Tamils have pinned their hopes on the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu and the BJP government at Centre. The two parties were sympathetic towards the Tamils who were tortured by the Lankan forces.