Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan has become the third union minister to voice her concerns over Dr Singh’s proposed visit to Colombo on the 15th of November, after Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Shipping Minister GK Vasan.
Last week, GK Vasan had met the Prime Minister and asked him to boycott the event.
Sources close to Chidambaram said he, too, opposes the visit and feels that while the government can send a representative to the conference of leaders of Commonwealth nations, Dr Singh should not travel.
M Karunanidhi, the leader of regional party the DMK, has warned that if the Prime Minister travels to Sri Lanka, his party will have to face the consequences.
However, Sources in the government has said that senior bureaucrats in the Prime Minister’s office and the Foreign Ministry feel it is important to continue engaging with Sri Lanka’s government so that India can push for the Tamil cause.
The Prime Minister said recently that India will consider the sentiments of the Tamil people.
Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister G.L. Pieris stated today that the CHOGM summit will be a resounding success.
Meanwhile as many as 45 persons belonging to different pro-Tamil outfits were arrested today for attempting to picket trains and bus-stands in nearby Tirupur and Udhaga-mandalam, demanding that India should not participate in the CHOGM scheduled in Sri Lanka this month.