Tamil Nadu’s President of India’s ruling party Bharathiya Janata Party (BJP), former IPS officer Karuppusamy Annamalai, who was invited by the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) to address the plantation community, assured that India will continue its support until the last house is built for estate workers in addition to aid for the rest of the country.
As some factions were surprised to see a political representative of India’s ruling party at a May Day rally, CWC General Secretary Senthil Thondaman said Annamalai was invited because he is a good friend and that the CWC can invite anyone to participate in its May Day rally. “India has lent us a USD 1 billion loan and the ties between the two nations have been strengthened further,” Thondaman said.
Annamalai had earlier questioned Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M.K. Stalin for trying to send dry rations to ‘only’ the North and the East of Sri Lanka; where a predominantly Tamil speaking community lives.
“The Tamil Nadu government should handover the items to the Central Government of India without ‘politicising the standard protocols’,” the Hindu quoted as Annamalai said he hoped Tamil Nadu would hand over the aid package to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of External Affairs to ensure smooth passage of relief without insisting on delivering it directly to some.
Annamalai, who is known as ‘Singham’ by the Karnataka State Police for successfully cracking down on criminals, resigned to take leadership of the Tamil Nadu BJP. He also visited the Northern Province where he met local Tamil politicians.
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan