As the DMK’s victory in the Tamil Nadu assembly election became clear on Sunday, Tamil leaders and parliamentarians in Sri Lanka took to Twitter to wish the party chairman and chief ministerial candidate MP Stalin.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which represents Tamils in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, said: “Congratulations to @arivalayam #DMK and @mkstalin for a decisive victory in the legislature polls # Tamil_Nadu, ”in a tweet attributed to Jaffna spokesperson and MP MA Sumanthiran.
In a statement, Mano Ganesan, opposition lawmaker and leader of the Progressive Tamil Alliance (TPA), which represents the Malaiyaha Tamils in the island’s mountainous region and the capital Colombo, said Stalin, leading the DMK alliance to a great victory has caught the attention of Tamils around the world. Wishing Mr. Stalin as he prepares to assume the responsibility of Chief Minister of “our homeland Tamil Nadu”, Mr. Ganesan said: “The Sri Lankan Tamils are not voters of Tamil Nadu to interfere with the results. In accepting the democratic verdict of our brothers and sisters, we must think about how to engage [with the new leadership] in a way that helps us, ”Ganesan said.
Political developments, including polls, in Tamil Nadu are closely followed in Sri Lanka where commentators often portray the state as a pressure point that could potentially influence Sri Lankan policy in New Delhi, particularly its stance on the rights of Tamils living in the island nation.
Angajan Ramanathan, MP for Jaffna aligned with the Rajapaksa government at the Center, said in a tweet: “Come on Congratulations to the Hon. Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Thalapathi @mkstalin and DMK @arivalayam. My best wishes for a successful mandate! “
Sri Lankan Fisheries Minister and Jaffna MP Douglas Devananda have sent greetings to Stalin for securing more than 50% of the vote in the Assembly elections. “While wishing him on behalf of our people, I hope he will provide a solution to the problems facing fishermen living in the northern province of Sri Lanka,” he said, referring to the conflict of Palk Bay fishing in which Tamil Nadu fishermen are accused. poaching in Sri Lankan waters, using destructive fishing methods, including bottom trawling.
Ceylon Workers’ Congress vice-president Senthil Thondaman issued a statement congratulating Mr. Stalin on his party’s great victory. “Tamils all over the world will support you,” he said.