Chennai : With protests against India’s participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) spreading across Tamil Nadu, a special evening session of the State Assembly on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution urging India to completely boycott the diplomatic conclave in Colombo. Political parties led by the ruling AIADMK declared that the decision of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stay off the CHOGM and instead deputy the External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to represent India was unacceptable.
“India’s participation in the CHOGM would amount to virtually legitimising the inhuman act of the Sri Lankan Government in wiping out the Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil,” the resolution moved by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said. It cautioned that if India participated in the meeting, it would have to bear “undying blemish” for having facilitated the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to hold the Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth for the next two years. “Tamils here cannot tolerate such an accusation against India,” it said.
The Assembly resolution expressed deep regret over the Centre’s decision to send Khurshid for the conclave and termed it as an act that neither consoled the Tamils nor respected their sentiments. The resolution said Tamils were anguished by the Government of India’s decision.
Members of the AIADMK, DMK, DMDK, Congress, CPI and CPM and other political parties supported the resolution. A bandh call by fringe political parties on Tuesday to express protest against India’s decision to attend the CHOGM evoked a mixed response in the State. Shops were partially closed in parts of Tamil Nadu.