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Prime Minister to consider Tamil views on CHOGM

New Delhi,Oct 15 ():Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has told DMK president M Karunanidhi that India’s participation in the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting) will be decided only taking into consideration of Tamil people’s sentiments.

CHOGM is scheduled to take place in Colombo next month. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said a decision will be taken considering all relevant factors including DMK sentiments.

The Prime Minister was informed by the DMK leader in Parliament TR Baalu about the poor health of the pro-Tamil activist K Thiagarajan, who from October 1 is on an indefinite fast in Chennai demanding that India boycott the CHOGM to be held in Colombo.

Thiagarajan, general secretary of the Tamil Desiya Viduthalai Iyakkam is on a fast to stop India taking part in CHOGM since Sri Lanka is guilty of genocide of Tamils in its brutal war with LTTE.

Baalu in his meeting with the Prime Minister, said that DMK chief M Karunanidhi  too shared the same demand that India should boycott CHOGM.

The Prime Minister told Baalu to tell the DMK chief to convince the activist to break his fast. Political parties have all demanded that India should not attend CHOGM. Chennai City Police Commissioner initially refused Thiagarajan permission to go on a fast. He moved the Madras HC who on hearing the petition directed the Chennai police to make arrangements for the fast as it was a peaceful protest. The fast began on October 1.

Thiagarajan who has been fasting for the past two weeks was shifted yesterday to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital around 2 p.m. as his health condition has worsened. Thiagarajan is admitted in the ICU of the hospital where he is being given treatment. He has been on a fast demanding the expulsion of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth and wants the shifting of the venue of the Commonwealth countries’ meeting from Colombo.

Foreign Minister Khurshid visited Colombo to talk about the attacks on Indian fishermen by Lankan Navy.