In his first letter to Modi after assuming office, Panneerselvam referred to the arrest of total 20 fishermen by the island nation on two separate occasions last month.

He also acknowledged the efforts of jailed AIADMK chief and former chief minister J Jayalalithaa as well as the Union Government in securing the release of fishermen from Lankan jails on Wednesday.

"The impending advent of the North East monsoon mandates their immediate release to prevent further damage and deterioration," the Chief Minister said.

On September 28, Jayalalithaa loyalist and Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O Panneerselvam was chosen to be the Chief Minister after the AIADMK supremo was convicted and sent to jail for four years in a Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate asset case.

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