Updated: September 2, 2012 09:32 IST

Vasan voices objection to training of Sri Lankan officers

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G.K. Vasan. Photo: M. Vedhan
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G.K. Vasan. Photo: M. Vedhan

Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan protested against the training of two Sri Lankan military personnel in India and demanded that they be sent back immediately

Differing with his ministerial colleague and Union Minister of State for Defence Pallam Raju, Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan added his voice to the growing clamour against training of Sri Lankan military personnel in India. He demanded that the two officers now in the country be sent back immediately.

Mr. Vasan said his party unit in the State was in full agreement with other political parties on this issue and would soon meet Defence Minister A.K. Antony to press the demand.

He is the first Congress Minister to speak against his ministerial colleague Mr. Raju, who had justified the training on the ground that Sri Lanka was a friendly country.

“The Congress party in the State is firm that Sri Lankan Army officials should not be given training in the country and the two officials who are already being trained in the Defence Staff Services College, Wellington, should be sent back immediately,” he told reporters in Chennai.

Almost all political parties have expressed their objection to the training given to the two Sri Lankan officials. DMK president M. Karunanidhi, a constituent of the Congress-led UPA has urged the Centre to send back the officials, and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to halt the training going on in Wellington.

Asked about Mr. Raju’s clarification, Mr. Vasan said the Congress would see to it that such training did not take place in the future.

“I have already discussed the issue with Mr. Antony and will meet him again to find a permanent solution to the issue,” he stressed.

Mr. Vasan accused that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was crippling the functioning of Parliament with ulterior political motive on the alleged coal scam, saying it was Chief Ministers of the BJP-ruled states who were opposed to auctioning of coal blocks in the beginning.

“When a new system was introduced, they again raised their objection. They have no motive other than opposing the Congress government. Parliament is not a place for creating trouble, but a forum for discussing people’s issues. The attitude of the BJP is anti-people and anti-development,” he alleged.

He also criticised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s remark that malnutrition in his State was due to women, especially young girls, becoming “more beauty-conscious” and watching their weight. “No one will agree with his views. It was unbecoming of a responsible Chief Minister to make such a statement,” he said.

With a blockade in the parliament, the Congress has yet another to add
to its woes from within its own party. Why can't the Congress listen to
its citizens for a change? And the UN and Amnesty reports which show
that Sri Lanka has indulged in rights violations?

@Kathiran, I would like to remind you that TN is the most urbanised
state in India which has nothing to do with an international human
rights issue which is a matter of concern to all, state and union level.

from:  Sudarshan Iyer
Posted on: Sep 2, 2012 at 16:34 IST

Since the infrastructures are very poor in Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu should follow Sri Lanka. This Island has signed an agreement with a French Company to modernise the old roads and bridges without giving this contract to local companies or even indian companies.

so instead of focussing on our poor roads, poor but corrupted hospitals, drinking water there is no use of shouting just for this sri lankan navy training in Tamil Nadu or in any part of India.Tamils politicians should work for the people and the nation.
Compare to roads in tamil Nadu, the roads in Sri Lanka are fantastiques. With the modernised roads we can creat more cities to reduce populations in big cities and bring more good social standard.

This navy training affaire is between the central gouvernment of India and Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu state has nothing to do.
With a dam across the river cauvery we can sstart even fishing industries to avoid confronation in Sri Lanka water.

from:  Kathiran
Posted on: Sep 2, 2012 at 12:22 IST

I am not sure what is happening in this Government. Every other in the
Govt and outside are saying they oppose this, but training is still
being given. a bunch of contradictions.

from:  Murali
Posted on: Sep 1, 2012 at 18:38 IST
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