Karunanidhi urges PM not to attend CHOGM

Published: 31st October 2013 03:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st October 2013 03:22 PM   |  A+A-


Amid speculations over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Colombo next month, DMK  reiterated that India should boycott it to register protest over the alleged war crimes against Tamils in Sri Lanka.

In a sharp reaction to reports in a section of the press that Singh was likely to attend the meet, DMK chief M Karunanidhi said people of Tamil Nadu expect that there should not even be a symbolic participation from India at CHOGM.

"When we say India should not participate, even a speck of rust should not be present at the meet," he told reporters here, spelling out his party's tough stand on the issue.

The 90-year-old DMK patriarch also cautioned the Congress that if the Prime Minister participates, "his party has to face the consequences." 

Karunanidhi sought to remind that Congress legislators in Tamil Nadu have supported the unanimous resolution passed by the state Assembly, demanding that India boycott CHOGM and noted, "Those who sow, will reap it also." 

Asked about rumours that Congress leader and Shipping Minister G K Vasan was mulling resignation from the Ministry over the issue, Karunanidhi said he was not aware of it and can reply only after receiving proper communication.

Congress had aligned with the DMK in Tamil Nadu for the last two Lok Sabha elections since 2004.

Though the DMK snapped its alliance with the UPA on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue in March this year, it continues to maintain its political ties with the Congress and drummed up the national party's support for its candidate Kanimozhi in the Rajya Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, Vasan met Prime Minister Singh in Delhi today and appealed to him not to participate in the CHOGM.

Speaking to reporters in Delhi, he said, "I met the Prime Minister and requested him that India should not take part in CHOGM. I have also referred to the resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly."

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