PM should announce boycott of C’wealth meet: DMK

27 October 2013 09:22 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Describing as “extremely shocking and disappointing” External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s reported remarks assuring his participation in the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka next month, DMK today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to categorically announce India’s boycott of the 53-nation group’s meet.

Party Chief M Karunanidhi said Khurshid’s remarks that “I can say I will be there,” thus assuring his participation in Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), came at a time when the ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that won the northern provincial election in Sri Lanka recently had decided to boycott the event.

Khurshid’s remarks were “extremely shocking and disappointing,” he said in a statement adding that the Centre without further delay should categorically announce that India will not participate in the conference.

“I insist that the Prime Minister makes the announcement in this regard immediately,” Karunanidhi, whose party pulled out of UPA in March this year over Sri Lankan Tamils issue, said.

Parties in Tamil Nadu have been opposing India’s participation in the Commonwealth meet citing alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

Karunanidhi recalled that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had recently written to him, saying that a decision on the issue of his participation in the CHOGM conference will be taken only after considering all relevant factors, including the sentiments of DMK and the Tamil people.

The DMK chief also took exception to Sri Lankan envoy to India Prasad Kariyawasam’s statement that New Delhi would remain isolated if it did not attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), saying “Tamils should unitedly oppose” his remarks.

The DMK patriarch said that Kariyawasam had spoken against a unanimous resolution adopted in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Thursday, demanding that India completely boycott the CHOGM.

He also took a dig at Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry EM Sudarsana Natchiappan speaking in support of India’s participation in CHOGM, even as his cabinet colleague and Shipping Minister G K Vasan had reportedly objected to Kariawasam’s remarks.

The state Assembly had adopted a unanimous resolution seeking India’s complete boycott of CHOGM and temporarily suspending Sri Lanka from the league of Commonwealth till the Tamils there were accorded equal status on par majority Sinhalese. (PTI)

  Comments - 7

  • dr ceylon ceylon Tuesday, 29 October 2013 07:32 AM

    boycot for what benefits for india ?.if not attend,india is the looser.china is the winner.

    Ravi Monday, 28 October 2013 07:24 AM

    Don't be a pain to us stay away with out siting this side

    MEEYA Tuesday, 29 October 2013 08:29 AM

    Great knowledgeable person with poor political tactic.
    Better you retire sir .With non Indian party leader you may ruin the great Indian fame.

    Goat bless you.

    Nodrog Sunday, 27 October 2013 02:31 PM

    Yes please, please confirm Singh is scared of TN politicians and will do their bidding at the cost of his pride.

    Jeffry Boycott Sunday, 27 October 2013 04:23 PM

    TN has boycotted DMK after the looting by Karuna family in 2G scam.

    Zul Tuesday, 29 October 2013 06:44 AM

    Please let us know as to who the Prime Minister of India is? Is it Manmohan Singh or Jayalalitha?

    dharmapala Tuesday, 29 October 2013 03:44 PM

    what is your important in srilanka your present,

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