Senior TELO leader urges DMK to withdraw Hambantota investment

[TamilNet, Friday, 29 March 2019, 22:04 GMT]
M.K. Shivajilingam, the senior political leader of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) and former TNA parliamentarian, has urged DMK politician Samikannu Jagathratchagan in Tamil Nadu to reconsider the decision of his family to invest in the big business of building an oil refinery and cement factory in Hambantota in the South. “I urge Mr Jagathratchagan to reconsider his decision [...] Eezham Tamils have not yet gained justice to the genocide committed against them. A political solution is still far away [..] At this juncture, the investment move is also contradictory to the unanimous position of Tamil Nadu State Assembly which had called for economic sanctions on Sri Lanka until these issues are resolved,” Shivajligam told TamilNet on Friday.



Mr Shivajingam, who hails from Valveddith-thu'rai is a former TNA parliamentarian and NPC Councillor based in Jaffna. His TELO stood very close to the late DMK Chief and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Kalaignar Karunanidhi.

“If you want to invest in the island, consider investing in the North and East,” Shivajilingam further said.

Nobody is coming forward to invest in the Northern and Eastern Province, where the people have lost their livelihood.

“There are no factories or investments to employ the war-affected people,” he said.

Regarding the Chinese investments and India wishing to balance it, Shivajilingam said Tamils had already warned India that it was going to happen, he said.

“During the war and, especially when I was visiting New Delhi as an elected parliamentarian of the Tamil people, I had personally conveyed the danger of China entering the island,” he said implying that for Tamils in India, it must be the existential interests of their brethren in the island that must precede any other national interest of India.


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