Tigers setting up base in Tamil Nadu
AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa said the security situation in Tamil Nadu
was turning out to be 'alarming' as "the LTTE is now attempting to
establish a base" for its operations in the state due to its military
setbacks in Sri Lanka.
There was an 'alarming situation' in the state, where all political
parties except the AIADMK were "prepared to roll out a red carpet" for
the banned organisation, she told reporters at the party headquarters in
"Given the Centre's support for the State Government here, only God
can save Tamil Nadu," she said.
The banned outfit was looking for a base in the State as it was
becoming weak in Sri Lanka following attacks by the military and also
since the Tamil Nadu Government was "weak and there is no maintenance of
law and order," she said.
"Only I, a popular strong political leader, fully oppose the LTTE,
while every party of any consequence is ready to welcome it to Tamil
Nadu," she claimed.
While the police and the state government had warned of strict action
against those supporting the LTTE, on the other hand pro-LTTE rallies
and meetings were being allowed, she said.
She also alleged that smuggling of goods and materials for the LTTE
had become a routine affair.
When pointed out that National Security Advisor M.K. Narayana and
Army's Lt. Gen. Nobel Thamburaj had denied the presence of LTTE in the
State, she said: "This is the sorry state of affairs. People holding
responsible positions are hiding the truth for transient political
benefits and are showing scant regard for law and order," she alleged.