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Tamil Nadu demands total boycott of CHOGM

Chennai,Nov 13 (): Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a resolution asking India to completely boycott the CHOGM summit in Colombo. Slamming the Centre’s decision to send a delegation to CHOGM ignoring the sentiments of Tamils, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in a special session of the state assembly demanded India’s total boycott of the meet.

Moving the resolution, Jayalalithaa hit out at the UPA government saying that India’s participation would give the impression that it was endorsing the inhuman acts of Sri Lankan government against ethnic Tamils whose sufferings are still continuing even four years after the end of the war.

India’s participation in CHOGM would amount to defending the war criminals, she claimed adding that India would have to be guilty of enabling the Sri Lankan President to hold the post of Chair-in-office of the Commonwealth for the next two years.

Targeting the DMK chief Karunanidhi and the Prime Minister who chose to skip the meet but decided to depute External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid-led delegation to Colombo, she said it is no way a consolation to Tamils or respecting their sentiments and pointed out that the state’s demand was for complete boycott.

“In the last ten years of CHOGM, the Prime Minister had not attended five of them and cannot be seen as any consolation to the Tamils or respecting their sentiments,” she said in a veiled attack on DMK chief M Karunanidhi who had termed the Prime Minister’s decision not to attend CHOGM as ‘any consolation’.

She said after AIADMK came to power, three resolutions on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue had been passed in the Assembly but the Centre had not taken any decision that was favourable to Tamils.

The unanimous resolution passed by the House on October 24 demanded that India boycott the CHOGM completely and communicate its decision to Sri Lanka.

It also said the State assembly had urged the Centre to take steps to get Sri Lanka suspended from Commonwealth till it took action to ensure that equal rights are given to Sri Lankan Tamils on par with Sinhalese.

Centre’s decision that an Indian delegation led by External Affairs Minister would attend the CHOGM, does not console the Tamils and caused deep regret to the people of Tamil Nadu.