LTTE`s new political chief keen on reaching out to India
P Nadesan, the Tamil Tigers` new political commissar, wants to reach out to India and mend fences with it, says a Sri Lankan Tamil MP, who talked to him last week.
`Nadesan has always been of the view that the Sri Lankan Tamil movement led by the LTTE should have the support of India. He reiterated this position when we met him after the funeral of Tamilselvan,` Suresh Premachandran, a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP told Hindustan Times in Colombo on Sunday.
`Apart from Nadesan other senior political leaders of the LTTE like Balakumar also told us how important it was to cultivate India,` Premachandran said.
V.Balakumar, who is an ace motivator of the LTTE`s cadres, including suicide cadres, was a leader of the leftist Eelam Revolutionay Organisation of Students (EROS) which had merged with the LTTE in 1988.
Premachandran, who was among the ten TNA MPs who attended Tamilselvan`s funeral at Kilinochchi, said that Nadesan`s views were important because he not only enjoyed Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran`s trust, but was close and respected enough to discuss matters of high political importance with the Leader.
The LTTE and its supporters in Sri Lanka and abroad, view the situation in neighbouring Tamil Nadu as changing in their favour after the killing of Tamilselvan in the Sri Lankan Air Force`s attack on Thiruvaiyaru near Kilinochchi on November 2.
Barring the AIADMK and the Congress, other Tamil Nadu political parties had condoled the death of Tamilselvan. They said that he was a political man and a negotiator, who should not have been killed deliberately. M.Karunanidhi, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and President of the DMK, had penned a poem on Tamilselvan praising his courage in standing up for the Tamil cause. By releasing the poem through the government Information Department, he had given it the stamp of an official statement.
AIADMK leader J.Jayalalitha castigated Karunanidhi for praising a leader of a banned organization like the LTTE while holding a constitutional office like Chief Minister. She threatened legal action also. Karunanidhi retorted saying that he had done nothing wrong by condoling the death of a fellow Tamil. Taking the cue, other `Tamil` political parties like the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and the Viduthalai Siruththaigal (Liberation Panthers Party) and non-political groups like the Dravida Kazhagam (DK) came out in support of Karunanidhi and flayed Jayalalitha for her `anti-Tamil` stance. The pro-LTTE Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) led by V Gopalswamy alias Vaiko, condoled Tamilselvan`s death in emotional terms though it was Jayalalitha`s ally.
Fearing isolation on the `Tamil issue` in a state dominated by ethnic politics, Jayalalitha quickly issued a statement claiming that Tamil blood ran in her veins too, even though she was born outside Tamil Nadu in Mysore. She has apparently given up the idea of going to the Supreme Court after seeing the general political mood in the state on the issue of Tamilselvan.