New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday claimed that prime ministers from the Congress displayed indifference about Katchatheevu island and gave away Indian fishermen’s rights regardless of authorized views on the contrary.Prime ministers similar to Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi dubbed Katchatheevu, given to Sri Lanka in 1974 as part of a maritime boundary settlement, as a “little island” and “little rock”, he advised a press convention, asserting that the issue has not cropped up abruptly however was all the time a live matter.

It has been regularly raised in Parliament and has been a matter of frequent correspondence between the Centre and the state government, Jaishankar mentioned, including that he has replied to the chief minister a minimum of 21 instances.
Attacking the DMK over its public posturing towards the settlement, Jaishankar mentioned its chief after which chief minister M Karunanidhi was stored absolutely knowledgeable concerning the settlement, first reached in 1974 between India and Sri Lanka.

The Congress and DMK raised the issue in Parliament as in the event that they bear no accountability for it, whereas they’re the parties which did it, he mentioned, including the DMK very a lot “connived” with the Congress in 1974 and afterwards in creating this example.

In 20 years, 6,184 Indian fishermen have been detained by Sri Lanka and their 1,175 fishing vessels seized by the neighbouring nation, Jaishankar mentioned.

It is the Narendra Modi government which has been working to make sure that the Indian fishermen are launched, he mentioned, including, “We have to find a solution. We have to sit down and work it out with the Sri Lankan government.”

He claimed the people of Tamil Nadu have lengthy been misled over the issue and that he was talking on the matter to tell the lots.


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