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BJP flip-flops on CHOGM

New Delhi,Nov 6 ():BJP which earlier said that it does not have any problem with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attending the CHOGM in Colombo, now says it would be difficult to support the visit,the reason being that the government must spell out the plan of action it would take at CHOGM.

Stating that BJP had not yet taken an official position on the PM’s CHOGM participation, P Muralidhar Rao, BJP national general secretary said, the PM should explain on the benefit India will get by going to CHOGM. “What is the stance the government is going to take? All these matters have not become clear”, he said.

Earlier, BJP senior leader Venkaiah Naidu had said that it was for the UPA government to decide on the issue. If the government consults BJP, then it will respond. The BJP’s stance is that the Indian government should convince Sri Lanka to take care of Tamils, implement the 13th amendment in letter and spirit.

Narendra Modi speaking at a rally in Tiruchi (Tamil Nadu) did not talk about the Sri Lankan Tamils or on CHOGM but voiced concern about attacks on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy two days ago wanted an immediate decision by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about attending the CHOGM in Sri Lanka on November 15-16. In a statement, Swamy wanted the Prime Minister to announce a decision to attend the meet keeping in mind India’s national interest.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Union shipping minister GK Vasan, Union minister for environment Jayanthy Natarajan and Narayaswamy MP had urged the Prime Minister that he should boycott the CHOGM keeping in mind the sentiments of Tamil Nadu.

The UPA’s indecision has fuelled anti-CHOGM protests that are directed against central government offices. Some of them have been violent. Kolathur Mani who attacked IT office in Salem has been booked under NSA.