Ahead of next month's snap polls, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday suffered another political setback as he lost his government's two-thirds majority in Parliament after two ministers from parties representing Indian-origin Tamils defected to the opposition.
Chennai: MDMK General Secretary Vaiko Tuesday called on European Union Ambassador Joao Cravinho and other representatives of the EU member countries here and sought their support for the "need for a referendum" among Tamils in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has personally returned the gold and jewellery to the people in the north allegedly taken by the LTTE during the time of their parallel administration, reaching out to the minority Tamils ahead of crucial presidential poll next month.
Deploring the status of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka, NDA constituent MDMK Tuesday urged the Modi Government to take `appropriate steps` to ensure their well-being and opposed deepening commercial and economic relations between India and Sri Lanka.
Dismissing as "false propaganda" that Congress was not concerned about Tamils in Sri Lanka, Sonia Gandhi today raised the emotional issue of her husband Rajiv Gandhi`s assassination, saying the former prime minister sacrificed his life "fighting" for them.
India-Sri Lanka ties in 2013 were affected by differences over alleged rights abuses in the war against the LTTE and giving political rights to Tamils, even as Colombo held provincial polls after 25 years in the Tamil-dominated north as part of reconciliation.
Irate Tamils staged protests here against the state government`s move to demolish a compound wall of the Mullivaikkal Memorial built in honour of Tamils who have died during the civil war in Sri Lanka.