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PM Modi says Cong and DMK’s insensitivity on Katchatheevu has hurt our fishermen’s interests

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Congress and DMK of neglecting Tamil Nadu’s interests regarding the Katchatheevu issue. He criticized both parties for prioritizing their family interests and called out their inaction in protecting the state’s fishermen. PM Modi’s comments were in response to an RTI reply obtained by the Tamil Nadu BJP President.

The Ministry of External Affairs revealed that the Katchatheevu island was ceded to Sri Lanka in 1974 under the leadership of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. However, a document procured by Tamil Nadu BJP President K.Annamalai highlighted legal advice from M.C. Setalvad pointing to India’s strong case for ownership of the island. The historical connection between the East India Company and the Ramanathapuram king was cited as evidence.

The ongoing situation has led to increased tension among Tamil Nadu fishermen, with frequent arrests and seizures of their boats by the Sri Lankan Navy. Since January 2024, over 125 Indian fishermen have been detained, prompting protests and strikes in various fishing communities in Tamil Nadu. The families of fishermen in Ramanathapuram, Nagapattinam, and Pudukottai are demanding action to address the ongoing challenges faced by the community.

The PM’s remarks have reignited the debate over the Katchatheevu issue, shedding light on the historical context and the current struggles of Tamil Nadu fishermen. The call for action to protect the interests of Indian fishermen remains a key point of contention in the ongoing political discourse surrounding the sensitive matter.


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