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Updated: March 20, 2013 19:26 IST

Trinamool to support govt on Sri Lankan Tamils issue

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A file picture of Trinamool Congress Supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish.
The Hindu A file picture of Trinamool Congress Supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish.

UPA’s estranged ally Trinamool Congress today sprang a surprise by promising to support the government on whatever stand it takes on Sri Lankan Tamils issue at the UNHRC.

“Our party is deeply concerned about sentiments expressed by the Tamil people. We share their sentiments and are completely with them,” the party said in a tweet on its official account.

At the same time, it added, “On matters of external policy, we have, from the beginning, always left it to central government in moments of crisis. We will do the same on this occasion.”

The statement implied that the party will stand by whatever position the government takes with regard to the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC.

Sources told PTI that prior to the Trinamool statement, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath had reached out to Mamata Banerjee by talking to her this morning.

Ms. Banerjee is understood to have conveyed the same sentiment to him as well.

How about extending the same cooperation in case Teesta Water sharing for National
interest? The matter has been pending for long due to didi's objection.

from:  Sunny
Posted on: Mar 20, 2013 at 23:16 IST

Thanks Mamata and you should demand for an independent international investigation and not an investigation by the alleged war criminal of their own crimes.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Mar 20, 2013 at 20:26 IST

"On matters of external policy, we have, from the beginning, always left
it to central government in moments of crisis"

whoa, Wonder why that rule was not applied by Ms. Banerjee and why she
threatened the central government's survival, when the Prime Minister of
India was decided on signing the Teesta water treaty with Bangladesh.

from:  Muthukkumar
Posted on: Mar 20, 2013 at 19:49 IST

I think the sentiments of the south is not shared in north. And the sentiments of the north not in south. When there are problems in kashmir and our neighbour Pakistan, there is not much media coverage in the regional channels. Neither are protests. At the same time, when Tamils feel thier ethnic counterparts in SL are hurt, the rest of India does not seem to bother. Whole of India supported West Bengal, when its ethnic countepart in Bangladesh was hurt. The TC stand is reflective of the all-India sentiment.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Mar 20, 2013 at 19:44 IST

On Teesta water treaty, government had to back down due to Mamta
Banerjee's stand. This is complete hypocrisy and opportunism.

from:  sanjay
Posted on: Mar 20, 2013 at 19:09 IST
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