Karunanidhi condemns India’s abstention

March 28, 2014 01:21 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 07:00 pm IST - Chennai

DMK president M Karunanidhi.

DMK president M Karunanidhi.

DMK leader M. Karunanidhi on Friday described India’s decision to abstain from voting on the US-backed resolution in Geneva against Sri Lanka for its alleged human rights violations as “a mother strangling her own child”.

“India’s stand has made us hang our head in shame before the world community. While countries like the US that had no direct connection with the Sri Lankan Tamils, have moved a resolution purely for the purpose of upholding human rights, India, the motherland of Tamils, has abstained from voting. India’s stand brings blood in our eyes,” Mr Karunanidhi said in a statement.

Mr Karunanidhi condemned the remarks of Mr Dilip Sinha, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, that the resolution imposed an “intrusive approach” of international investigative mechanism that was counterproductive, apart from being inconsistent and impractical.

“Even the Congressmen in Tamil Nadu will not accept his argument,” the DMK leader said.

Mr Karunanidhi said even though a few days ago he came forward to forgive the Congress for its “ungratefulness” for the sake of forming a secular government after the polls, the Congress government had taken a decision against the Tamil race and shut the doors permanently for them.

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