The AIADMK will not join a 15-member parliamentary delegation scheduled to leave for Sri Lanka on April 16, arguing that the visit may prove eyewash according to its general secretary and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
In a statement, Jayalalithaa said that she had decided earlier to assign Rajya Sabha MP William Rabi Bernard at the request of the Centre, which is sending the delegation to inspect developmental activities taken up in Sri Lanka with Indian assistance for resettling and rehabilitating the Tamils displaced by the prolonged strife.
She had agreed to assign a party representative hoping that the visit would help the delegation understand the real situation in Sri Lanka and provide some solace for the Tamils if it were to interact with them.
She states that she was under the impression that the team would be able to identify the flaws in the resettlement and rehabilitation efforts of the Sri Lankan government.
However, the itinerary prepared by the External Affairs Ministry provided no opportunity for the team members to interact with the Tamils which prompted her decision to withdraw her representative.