Boycott will only aggravate situation for Tamils in Sri Lanka, says Congress leader

The DMK, a potential ally of the Congress in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, feels the national party will pay a heavy price if the UPA government decides to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka.

“The whole of Tamil Nadu is against India taking part in the CHOGM and the Assembly adopted a resolution reflecting the sentiments of the people in the State. If India participates in the meeting, the Congress in the State will have to pay a heavy price,” said DMK deputy general secretary Duraimurugan.

The DMK’s general council and the executive meeting have already passed a resolution against India participating in the Commonwealth meet. Though the ruling AIADMK and the DMK do not see eye to eye on many issues, the latter supported the resolution moved by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the Assembly.

If there is no change in India’s stand with regard to the CHOGM, the DMK will be in an invidious position in the event of facing the Lok Sabha elections in the company of the Congress.

In the meantime, the Congress leadership in Tamil Nadu is desperate to get a briefing from the External Affairs Minister on the Assembly resolution since the party members also supported it in the House.

“We think Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is unlikely to attend the meeting and India will be represented by someone else. We should keep in mind that despite all his critical remarks against Sri Lanka, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is not for a complete boycott of the CHOGM,” said a senior Congress leader of the State.

CPI national secretary D. Raja said since the Tamil Nadu Assembly had taken a firm decision, the Centre should spell out its stand.

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