Written by Bella Dalima
13 Jun, 2014 | 10:28 pm
The Chief Minister of the Northern Province has expressed confidence that the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu, will not be at variance with regard to the needs of the Tamil people.
In an interview with India’s The Hindu newspaper, C.V. Wigneswaran said Tamil Nadu is intricately intertwined in the political complexity in India.
Speaking to The Hindu, Wigneswaran said that Modi seems to have identified priorities, as far as the immediate needs of the TNA are concerned.
He added that while Modi has impressed the same on Sri Lankan leaders, it is now for the Sri Lankan government to take the cue and act fast.
When questioned on the Northern Provincial Council not taking up the Indo-Lanka fisheries issue in any significant way, Wigneswaran said that while the NPC had taken it up in the initial stages, it was pointed out later that inland waterways were the prerogative of the Provincial Council, while seashore problems come under the central government.
He said “Since the Government Fisheries’ Minister was showing an interest in the problems of our fishermen folk, we have taken a back seat.”
While noting that the NPC would come in if their input is required, Wigneswaran added that from a democratic and pragmatic perspective, it is “strange that the elected representatives of the affected region are not being asked to take a lead role.”
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