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* Uproar continues in India over defamatory article on Sri Lankan government website against Tamil Nadu CM
Mon, Aug 4, 2014, 12:49 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 04, Chennai: Tamil political parties in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu continued protests over a derogatory article against the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa published in the Sri Lankan government website.

Protesters from the AIADMK party in Tamil Nadu presented a petition to the DGP seeking action against the article. The party has sought legal action against the author of the article and the Sri Lankan government officials who were responsible for posting it on the government website.

The article, titled 'How meaningful are Jayalalitha's love letters to Narendra Modi?' and written by Shenali Waduge was published along with a graphical portrayal of Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, on Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence and Urban Development website on Friday.

"Under the IT Act, there are no international boundaries, and we have called for action against those involved in this inappropriate and annoyance of an article," AIADMK legal wing secretary A Navaneethakrishnan told Express News Service.

The op-ed piece has triggered a furor in India within hours after its publication and Tamil political parties in India have even urged the Indian government to severe diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka.

.The Ministry has promptly removed the article, which according to the Ministry was posted without authorization, and issued an "Unqualified Apology" to the Indian Prime Minister and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

The article was written about the Chief Minister's letters to the Indian PM whenever the Sri Lankan Navy arrests Indian fishermen when they are poaching in Sri Lankan waters near the Katchatheevu Island, which was ceded to Sri Lanka by India in 1974 following a Supreme Court decision.

The Chief Minister and her state government refuse to recognize Sri Lanka's sovereignty over the island or the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) drawn after the transfer and call the waters around it "traditional waters".

Meanwhile, AIADMK MPs in the Rajya Sabha of Indian parliament vociferously protested against the article prompting the Chairman Hamid Ansari to adjourn the sittings twice in the assembly as they have become unruly.

Representatives of the Tamil film industry also staged a protest outside the Sri Lankan Consulate in Chennai on Monday over the issue.

The Chennai police meanwhile, closed traffic on the entry points to the Sri Lankan deputy high commission from midnight to 6 am to prevent any untoward action.

Booking office of SriLankan Airlines in Tiruchi had also come under attack on Saturday and the city police has deployed a team of police personnel in front of the office to thwart any such untoward incidents, The Hindu reported.

A junior under -15 Sri Lankan cricket team, who arrived in Chennai Sunday night to play for a tournament, has also been sent back due to security concerns.

** Related Story :: Sri Lanka tenders apology to Indian PM and Tamil Nadu CM for article on Defense Ministry website

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