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Lanka pot simmers

Salman Khurshid

Chennai, Nov. 11: The Tamil Nadu Assembly will meet for a special one-day session tomorrow to discuss the Centre’s decision to send a delegation headed by foreign minister Salman Khurshid to participate in the Commonwealth meeting at Colombo from Friday.

The Assembly had last month passed a unanimous resolution that India completely boycott the CHOGM at Colombo and also seek suspension of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth for alleged war crimes against Tamils during the final phase of the war against the LTTE in May 2009.

New Delhi has said the Prime Minister will not take part but the foreign minister will.

The Tamil Nadu Assembly is likely to pass another resolution criticising the Centre’s measure and iterate that there should be no Indian representation at Colombo.

The drive is being viewed as part of the efforts aimed at denying any credit to DMK president M. Karunanidhi who is claiming that it was at the insistence of his party that the Prime Minister chose to stay away from Colombo.

“Tamil Nadu’s parties are in a race with one another to prove their Tamil credentials by taking such a hard line against Sri Lanka even though the ruling Tamil coalition of the Northern Province has asked political parties from Tamil Nadu to drop their Colombo baiting as it was hurting further reconciliation between the Lankan government and the Tamil minority,” pointed out a senior Congress leader.

But the oneupmanship between the ruling AIADMK and the Opposition DMK has seen the Lankan Tamil issue being kept on a constant boil in the hope that the two parties can reap dividends in the 2014 elections.