All parties except CPI(M), Congress support resolution

: The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution reiterating that India should not take part in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this week in Colombo. The House, in the resolution moved by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, expressed its deep regret over the decision of the Central government to send the External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to the CHOGM. It described the move as an act that neither consoled Tamils nor respected their sentiments, thus causing deep anguish.

Convened at short notice, the Assembly met on a day when a number of organisations and parties called a general strike on the CHOGM issue. India’s participation would amount to “accepting and endorsing inhumane acts and offences” of the Sri Lankan government [against Sri Lankan Tamils]. Besides, India would have to bear an “undying blemish” for having supported the Sri Lankan President to become Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth for two years. Tamils [here] could not accept or bear the thought of India being subjected to such ignominy. The House renewed its call to the Union government to boycott the CHOGM completely and not to send any representative even nominally to the Foreign Ministers’ meeting on Wednesday and to the CHOGM to be held from November 15 to 17, as a mark of respecting the unanimous view and feelings of the people of Tamil Nadu. When the resolution was taken up for voice vote, the CPI(M) and the Congress were absent.

The Chief Minister sent a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, enclosing the text of the resolution.