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Karuna requests Centre to provide citizenship to Eelam Tamils

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

DMK President M Karunanidhi today requested the Centre to provide citizenship to over one lakh Sri Lankan Tamils living in India as refugees.

Observing that continuous efforts were made to provide citizenship to the Eelam (separate home land) Tamils living as refugees when DMK was in power, Karunanidhi said, "Recently, United States of America has decided to provide citizenship to 2.60 lakh Indians living in that country without any relevant documents."

"Similarly, it is also our wish and request to the Centre to come forward and provide citizenship to over one lakh Eelam Tamils living in the country ensuring their permanent safety," he said.

Such an effort taken by the Centre would guarantee their future, he added.

First Published: Fri, May 24 2013. 20:46 IST