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SL Tamils should go back: Tamil Nadu BJP leader

Bharatiya Janata Party leader, L. Ganesan L.Ganesan said that Sri Lankan Tamils did not want Indian citizenship, and wanted to go back to Sri Lanka.

“The best solution on the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils in Tamil Nadu would be their return to their motherland, as their votes in the island nation matter very much for the welfare of the Tamils there”, The Hindu quoted BJP leader L. Ganesan as saying.

Defending the BJP’s stand on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), he told reporters here on Tuesday that the BJP did not do anything in a stealthy manner. “There is no hidden agenda on this issue. It was there in our election manifesto,” he said. He said that the Opposition parties were trying to mislead the nation with their lies.

“I am not against citizenship being given to Sri Lankan Tamils. But, they do not want it. They want to go back. That would be the best solution as their votes are more important in Sri Lanka,” he said. He however, said that they would not be forced to go back. But, this is not the case with the minorities of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, he added.

On the BJP’s defeat in Jharkhand Assembly election, he said that people know the best who to vote for in a State election and who would be the best to lead the nation. “Victory and defeat are natural for any political party,” he added.

On the upcoming local body elections, he said people should make an informed choice and elect an honest person who was interested only in the service of voters, as their leaders.