The Tamil Nadu Chief minister and AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa on Wednesday urged the Centre to pressurise Sri Lanka to ensure rehabilitation of internally displaced Tamils back in their original settlement ‘at least now’ and also devolve equal powers on par with the Sinhalese.

Unfurling the national flag on the 66th Independence Day celebrations at the historic Fort St George on Wednesday, Ms Jayalalithaa said, “At a time when we are celebrating Independence Day, our Tamil brethren in Sri Lanka are suffering in relief camps in that country.”

“The Centre should at least now compel the Sri Lankan government to take steps and ensure that Tamils, housed in relief camps, are sent back to their places of origin by devolving equal powers on par with the Sinhalese,” she said.

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