Still time to decide on PM's visit to Lanka: Chidambaram

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Some union ministers are opposed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Sri Lanka to participate in CHOGM later this month but there is still time to take a decision, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said today.

"It's the decision that the government will take. There is still time to take that decision," he told reporters here when asked whether Singh will travel to Colombo.

"I think MEA spokesperson has already said that the process of decision-making is on and the decision will be taken," Chidambaram added.

To another question, he said, "I am aware that some ministers were opposed to Prime Minister's participating in CHOGM. We are aware of that."

He did not identify the ministers but his comments came against the backdrop of Congress leader and Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan urging the Prime Minister yesterday that India should boycott the CHOGM keeping in mind the sentiments of Tamil Nadu parties.

Vasan said he met the Prime Minister to apprise him of the view of the people in Tamil Nadu and the unanimous resolution adopted by the state assembly demanding that India "completely" boycott CHOGM in Sri Lanka next month.

"The Prime Minister informed that he would act keeping the sentiments of people of Tamil Nadu in mind over Sri Lanka.

He had assured to take a good decision," he stated.(PTI)

  Comments - 12

  • Flatwhite Saturday, 02 November 2013 10:42 AM

    Sorry India China and Pakistan will support us and by boycotting CHOGM we sri lankans will develop a real hatrent towards India and also its people.Remember Tamil nadu give you shit all times forget about CHOGM.

    Vic Saturday, 02 November 2013 11:56 AM

    How long you can hide in "Sovereign State" without solving all the issues raised by the IC?

    Google it Saturday, 02 November 2013 12:00 PM

    Exactly. He is hoping the world would end in one week.

    siva Saturday, 02 November 2013 12:25 PM

    He never attended the last one held in Australia. He has a problem with the commonwealth itself it looks like

    Suq Madique Saturday, 02 November 2013 02:05 PM

    Its just a case of the tail (Tamil nadu) wagging the dog (Central Govt of India) What an embarrassing situation for the leader of the largest democracy

    idroos Saturday, 02 November 2013 07:28 AM

    The resulting boycott losses would far outweigh the gains from the equation and also in some cases disaster.

    idroos Saturday, 02 November 2013 07:30 AM

    The Prime Minister is aware attending is in the best interest and benefit people of Tamil Nadu and India overall .

    Fayad Saturday, 02 November 2013 07:32 AM

    We will not cancel 'CHOGM" because of Indian PM

    idroos Saturday, 02 November 2013 07:36 AM

    Attending the CHOGM is the "Good decision "

    idroos Saturday, 02 November 2013 07:39 AM

    Yet any country /Sate cannot impose or force another sovereign state.

    shandy Saturday, 02 November 2013 07:43 AM

    Just keep away, we don't need you. our true friend is China.

    Grace Saturday, 02 November 2013 07:59 AM

    He is waiting for some miracle to happen in favor of him.

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