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Karunanidhi meets PM, discusses fishermen issue

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here and is understood to have raised the issue of Indian fishermen being killed allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy.



New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here and
is understood to have raised the issue of Indian fishermen
being killed allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy.

Karunanidhi, who arrived here yesterday on a three-day
visit, met Singh at his 7, Race Course Road residence and is
believed to have asked the Prime Minister to tell Colombo not
to resort to firing at fishermen who cross the International
Maritime Border.

Karunanidhi also discussed the ensuing Assembly polls
in Tamil Nadu and the seat-sharing mechanism between the DMK
and Congress, DMK sources said.

He is also scheduled to meet Congress chief Sonia
Gandhi.

The Chief Minister had yesterday told reporters that
he would discuss the fishermen attack issue with the Prime
Minister.

"I have been discussing the fishermen issue with Singh
on several occasions," he had said yesterday indicating that
he would take up the issue with the prime minister again.

The meeting comes at a time when Foreign Secretary
Nirupama Rao is in Colombo to take up the issue with Sri
Lanka.

Rao was asked by External Affairs Minister SM Krishna
to travel to Colombo to discuss with the Sri Lankan government
the killing of Indian fishermen.

Reflecting the political sensitivities in Tamil Nadu,
India has already reacted very strongly to the incidents in
which two Indian fishermen were killed in the span of one
month, notwithstanding Sri Lankan government`s claim that its
navy was not involved.

PTI

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