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DMK isolated at all-party meet on Sri Lanka

Thursday March 21, 2013 12:01:13 AM, IANS

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New Delhi: The DMK and AIADMK were virtually isolated Wednesday after all other parties opposed any move to condemn Sri Lanka in Indian parliament over rights abuses.

A senior leader told IANS that almost all other parties came out against any denunciation of Sri Lanka, an issue that has affected parliament's functioning in recent days.

"Most parties opposed the proposed resolution, and even the Congress did not suggest moving the resolution in parliament," the leader said after the one-and-a-half-hour meeting.

Only the DMK and AIADMK favoured the resolution, he said.

Congress leader and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath later said: "We discussed ways to end the parliament impasse. We could not arrive at a solution. No consensus emerged."

The Samajwadi Party (SP) fiercely opposed the move to pass a resolution targeting a specific country.

"It is not proper to bring a resolution against Sri Lanka in parliament," Rewati Raman Singh told reporters.

He recalled that Sri Lanka stood by New Delhi when China attacked India in 1962.

The meeting was called by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to find ways to end the parliament logjam over the Sri Lanka issue.

Both houses of parliament were also disrupted Wednesday after, among other things, DMK and AIADMK demanded that India take a tough line against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC session in Geneva.

The DMK Tuesday quit the government after accusing the UPA government of going soft on Colombo over the killing of a large number of Tamil civilians by the Sri Lankan military in the war against the Tamil Tigers.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday came out in condemnation of Sri Lanka, saying India desired a credible investigation into the allegations against Colombo.

Opposition leader Sushma Swaraj said the Bharatiya Janata Party was not responsible for the parliament impasse.

"It is between the government and the DMK to sort out the issue," she said.

Communist Party of India's Gurudas Dasgupta also said that it was for the Congress-led government to restore peace in parliament.

Asked if the house would run Thursday smoothly, Meira Kumar said: "Let us see."




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