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Take steps to ensure Tamil refugees live `honorably` in island

Last Updated: Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 20:45

Chennai: BJP`s Tamil Nadu unit on Sunday said Centre
and State government should take steps to enable Sri Lankan
Tamil refugees living in the state to lead an `honourable` life
in the island nation rather than offering Indian citizenship
to them.

The ultimate aim should be to help the refugees live
"honourably" in their respective places in Sri Lanka,BJP State
unit Vice-President H Raja told reporters after the party`s
state Executive Committee meeting here.

His reaction comes in the wake of Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram saying the Centre would consider a proposal by
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to grant Indian
citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in the state.

On Centre reportedly allowing Kerala to undertake a survey
on building a new dam to replace the existing 112-year-old
Mullaperiyar Dam, he said `The move would only provoke Tamil
Nadu farmers.`

The Tamil Nadu government was opposed to construction of a
new dam across Mullaperiyar and a case in this regard was
pending before the Supreme Court.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 20:45
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