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Karunanidhi welcomes Tamil National Alliance win in SL polls

DMK President M Karunanidhi today hailed the victory of the Tamil National Alliance in the provincial council polls held after a gap of 25 years in the former LTTE-ruled northern province in Sri Lanka.

"I welcome this victory. I hope the new government and its members, will work hard for implementation of the 13th amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution as expected by the Tamils the world over", Karunanidhi told reporters in Chennai.

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The TNA trounced the ruling UPFA coalition of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, grabbing 30 of the 38 seats in the much-awaited polls in the province.

He condemned the frequent attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen allegedly by Lankan Navy and the recent arrest of 20 fishermen from Rameswaram while they were fishing in the Palk Strait.

Responding to a query that the some Union Ministers were pressing the state government to discuss the fishermen issue (with the Centre), Karunanidhi said "The state government has been writing letters (to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh) on the issue. Is that not enough?"

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had today written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, requesting him to facilitate a dialogue between fishermen associations in the state and Sri Lanka here in December following frequent attacks and arrests of fishermen by Lankan navy

Asked about the implementation of Section 144 and some political leaders being prohibited from entering some districts of the state, Karunanidhi said, "you (media) have understood on your own, without me telling you that the law and order in the state has become bad".

"But, due to 'benefits' and 'fear' you (media) are not publishing it (that law and order in the state has been bad)", he said.

On whether his party would contest the Yercaud bypolls, he said his party was yet to decide on it.

The by-election for Yercaud (ST) constituency has been necessitated due to the death of sitting AIADMK MLA C Perumal on 18 July.

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