Diversionary Tactic : DMK MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi Slams Centre’s Raising Of Katchatheevu Issue ; Alleges Attempt To Hide Border Issues With China

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DMK MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi has accused the ruling government of turning Katchatheevu into an ‘election strategy’ and said that the Centre had raked up the issue of the island as the opposition pointed to the Sino-Indian border issue.

Sitting MP Kanimozhi has been fielded against DMK candidate from Thoothukudi Parliamentary constituency for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections scheduled for April 19 in the state.

Exuding confidence in winning the polls from Thoothukudi, the DMK MP said, “There is definitely a chance of success in Thoothukudi. All these years, whenever the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) raised questions without answering, Kachchatheevu came to mind only when the opposition pointed to the Sino-Indian border issue during the elections.”

The decades-old territorial and fishing rights dispute around Katchatheevu Island in the limelight ahead of the general elections with the BJP and the opposition engaged in a war of words over the issue.

The island, located between Rameswaram in India and Sri Lanka, is traditionally used by both Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen. In 1974, the then central government accepted Katchatheevu as Sri Lankan territory under the “Indo-Sri Lankan Maritime Agreement.”

Meanwhile, voting for all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu will be held in the first phase of the general elections on April 19.

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