Sri Lanka's lone Tamil woman minister who resigned last week, has alleged that anyone raising issues of the minority Tamil community is branded as an LTTE sympathiser, days after her controversial remarks seeking revival of the separatist militant outfit led to an uproar in Parliament and forced her to step down.
Maheswaran resigned following her remarks at a public gathering in Jaffna on Monday where she had said that due to the deteriorating law and order situation and rising crime, people in the northern province were wishing for the LTTE's revival and return.
The premier had sought an inquiry into her comments that led to an uproar in Parliament as well as in the Sinhala-majority south. UNP leaders had also demanded her sacking.
Maheswaran later stepped down following talks with her party leader Wickremesinghe.
She has claimed that she was quoted out of context.
In her first public reaction since her resignation, Maheswaran told a meeting in the north yesterday that when you talk of the problems of the Tamil people, the south looks at you as Tigers (LTTE). I will fight to deliver justice to the people despite opposition to my efforts. I resigned my post for the sake of the people.
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