Senior Lankan Tamil leader wants Indian model of devolution

A veteran Tamil politician has wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi backing Indian model of 'devolution of power' to solve the ethnic impasse in Sri Lanka.

Colombo: A veteran Tamil politician has wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi backing Indian model of 'devolution of power' to solve the ethnic impasse in Sri Lanka.

"I am one who had been campaigning for an Indian model as an alternative to a federal solution," V Anandasangaree wrote to the Indian Prime Minister.

Anandasangaree (81) is the leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) and a former Member of the Parliament.

His opposition to the LTTE and its cause has forced him to remain outside the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the main Tamil political party in Sri Lanka.

Referring to the TNA leaders meeting with Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi, Anandasangaree in his letter catalogs the links between the LTTE and the TNA.

"Indian Prime Minister's advice would be important to find a solution to the Tamil problem but finding a solution was not the monopoly of TNA. Hence action must be taken to consult various political parties of Tamils and Tamil speaking people," Anandasangaree wrote in the letter.

He seeks Prime Minister Modi's support to convene an all Tamil political party meeting with the possibility of discussing the Indian model of 'devolution of power' as a solution to the three decade old ethnic conflict in the island country between the Tamil speaking minority and the Sinhalese majority.

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