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India should abstain from Commonwealth meet: Sinha

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Senior BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and L. Ganesan at a meeting held in Chennai on Wednesday.
Senior BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and L. Ganesan at a meeting held in Chennai on Wednesday.

Flaying the foreign policy flip-flops of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) for letting the Sri Lankan Tamils issue come to such a pass, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday said India should abstain from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo in November.

Addressing a meeting to express solidarity with the Tamil cause, organised by the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit, Mr. Sinha said while there could be no Commonwealth without India, the big question was whether the Prime Minister would muster the courage to inform the Commonwealth Secretary General that India would not attend the summit to protest against Sri Lankan atrocities on Tamils, which according to reports, were continuing even four years after the war ended.

Mr. Sinha said India had failed to raise complaints of human rights violations in Sri Lanka.


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