The Indian government’s decision to abstain from the vote on the US-sponsored resolution on war crimes and human rights abuses in Sri Lanka drew sharp reactions from across the board in Tamil Nadu on Friday.
DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, MDMK chief Vaiko and BJP state president Pon Radhakrishnan lashed out at the Centre. Even Union Minister P Chidamabaram came out expressing his disagreement with the decision.
“It is my personal opinion. Twenty three countries had supported it. We should also have voted for it,” said Chidamaram.
Karunanidhi lashed out at the Centre, saying the decision to abstain from the vote was akin to an attempt to gag the voice of Tamils.
Vaiko said “India’s unpardonable betrayal at Geneva only proves its complicity in the genocide of Tamils. The genocidal government of Lanka and the complicit Congress-led government in India need to be put in the dock before the international court of justice.”