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Monday, 14 October 2013 - 12:43
UPDATE : Video: Another hint that Indian PM may boycott CHOGM- NZ says if they are to boycott SL, they will have to boycott more regional summits
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India today kept the suspense on whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will attend the Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka next month in view of strong opposition by Tamil parties.

Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said the Prime Minister has been invited by the government of Sri Lanka for CHOGM but the government has not taken any decision.

She said that the decision will be taken closer to the date of CHOGM keeping in view the foreign policy, international obligations and national interest.

Parties in Tamil Nadu are strongly opposed to Singh s participation in the Summit in Colombo.

Meanwhile, A petition seeking police permission for observing an indefenite fast in Tamil Nadu to press Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to participate in the Commonwealth Summit to be held in Sri Lanka next month was filed in the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court.

After preliminary submissions, Justice T. S. Sivagnanam directed the government advocate to get instructions from the district SP and adjourned the case to Oct 22.

The petitioner s organisation demanded that the Prime Minister boycott the 23rd Commonwealth Summit scheduled from November 5-17.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand will still go to the  Commonwealth conference in Sri Lanka despite concerns about the country s human rights record.

John Key says Sri Lanka s human rights record won t stop New Zealand going to CHOGM.

He also stated that this is a Commonwealth event that happens to be hosted in Sri Lanka and if they took the view that they didn t go to countries because they don t like the human rights record, there are many APECs and East Asian Summits and other things that they may not go to.

UPDATE Saturday, 19 October 2013 - 8:05 AM

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Jayalalitha writes to Manmohan singhe again.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said India should boycott the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka next month.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Jayalalithaa said she wishes to reiterate Tamil Nadu s view that India should not participate in the CHOGM hosted by Sri Lanka at any level - titular, ministerial or official.

In a letter to DMK president M. Karunanidhi this week, Manmohan Singh said a decision on his participation at the CHOGM conference will be taken only after considering all relevant factors, including the sentiments of the DMK and the Tamil people.

According to Times of India a senior Congress leader said India may be represented at the summit by Vice-President Hamid Ansari and external affairs minister Salman Khurshid.

Ansari had headed the Indian delegation at the last CHOGM in Australia in 2011.

Friday, 18 October 2013 - 8:05 AM

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Indian vice President to Colombo instead of Manmohan Singhe


With voices of protest against India s participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo next month growing louder, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to skip the summit.

 

Sources said pressure from the Tamil Nadu unit of the Congress and the party s erstwhile partner DMK may have prompted a rethink in the government on the Prime Minister s participation in the biennial event.

 

Congress and DMK leaders said there are enough indications to show that the Prime Minister is not willing to attend the meeting, keeping in mind the strong anti-Sri Lanka sentiments in Tamil Nadu.

 

According to Times of India a senior Congress leader said India may be represented at the summit by Vice-President Hamid Ansari and external affairs minister Salman Khurshid.

 

Ansari had headed the Indian delegation at the last CHOGM in Australia in 2011.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 - 1:09 PM

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Journey to SL will be decided according to TN sentiments - says Manmohan.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said a decision on his participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka would be taken only after considering all relevant factors, including the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu and the DMK party. 

 

The Prime Minister was responding to the concerns expressed by DMK chief M Karunanidhi over the deteriorating health of Tamil National Liberation Movement general secretary Thiyagu, who has been on hunger strike since October 1st

 

DMK parliamentary party leader T R Baalu met the Indian Prime Minister in New Delhi yesterday and conveyed his party chief’s concerns. 

 

The Prime Minister responded to the party’s demand of India boycotting the CHOGM to be held in Colombo in November this year.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 - 7:54 AM

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Indian Prime Minister under pressure to give Sri Lanka visit a miss

Monday, 14 October 2013 - 12:43 PM

The pressure from major political parties in Tamil Nadu is likely to cast a shadow on the decision to be taken by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on participating in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka next month.

Not just chief minister Jayalalithaa or DMK chief M Karunanidhi, even local Congress leaders - including some Union ministers from Tamil Nadu - have urged the Prime Minister to exercise his options carefully lest India’s participation snowballs into a major political row in the state ahead of the 2014 polls.

Union ministers GK Vasan and V Narayanasamy, are known have to appealed to the PM to avoid participating in the CHOGM from November 15th  to 17th.

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