The CPI and PMK on Saturday vehemently opposed the Centre’s contention before the Supreme Court that Katchatheevu was not belonging to India and that no territory belonging to India was ceded nor sovereignty relinquished.
In a statement here, CPI State secretary D Pandian wondered if Katchatheevu was belonging to Sri Lanka, then what was the necessity for signing an agreement in 1974. He said already, the Centre has been blatantly siding with the Lankan government which has been attacking Tamil Nadu fishermen. Pandian said all sections of society in Tamil Nadu should support the efforts being made by the State government to redeem Katchatheevu. He said the CPI would raise this issue in Parliament too.
PMK founder Ramadoss said the Centre’s stand on Katchatheevu had shocked the people of Tamil Nadu. Ever since the islet was ceded to Lanka, the people of Tamil Nadu have been opposing it for the past four decades.
“The Centre has been habitually supporting the Lankan government and ignoring the welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu. They would not forgive the present stance of Centre on Katchatheevu,” he added. All political parties in Tamil Nadu should unitedly mount pressure on the Centre in this issue and the MPs from the State should raise the issue in Parliament also, he added.