Squarely blaming the DMK for ceding Katchatheevu, an islet in the Palk Bay, to Sri Lanka AIADMK Supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today asserted that she would definitely win the case filed in this regard by her in the Supreme Court and that the islet would be retrieved.
The issue generated much heat in the State Assembly with the ruling AIADMK members and the Opposition DMK members indulging in heated arguments.
Intervening Mr K Ponmudy (DMK) during the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address to the State Assembly, Ms Jayalalithaa said it was the DMK government headed by M Karunanidhi which was in power in the state when the islet was ceded to Sri Lanka through 1974 and 1976 Agreements.
Accusing the DMK of remaining a mute spectator when the islet was ceded to Sri Lanka and that it had neither taken any steps nor exerted pressure on the Centre to prevent it, she sought to know what steps the DMK had taken in this regard, despite being part of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre for several years.
She said since the Centre had failed to act on a number of letters written by her to the Centre, Ms Jayalalithaa said she had filed a petition in the Supreme Court in 2008 in her personal capacity as the AIADMK General Secretary challenging the Constitutional Validity of the agreements when she was the Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly.
She said she had filed the petition based on the 1960 Supreme Court Judgement which had declared as null and void, ceding of Berubari to East Pakistan on the ground that the Constitutional amendments were not brought in this regard and that it was not ratified by both Houses of Parliament.
”Based on this case, I had filed a petition in the Supreme Court in my personal capacity. I will definitely win this case and Katchatheevu will be retrieved from Sri Lanka”, Ms Jayalalithaa said, amid loud thumping of desks by the members of the Treasury Benches.
”The DMK has to wait till then”, she said, adding, the Almighty should ensure the well-being of DMK members so that they could see the retrieving of Katchatheevu.