New Delhi: In a clear hint of India playing it safe in the Lanka war crime row, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written to DMK chief Karunanidhi indicating Delhi may not back the UNHRC resolution against Colombo. This has come despite strong protests from Tamil Nadu political parties, including UPA ally the DMK.
"What is the Centre's stand on the issue," said DMK MP Kanimozhi.
Whether it's a UPA ally or a rival, the demand from Tamil Nadu's political forces is united – New Delhi must vote against Colombo at the UNHRC. However, in the midst of the domestic political ruckus, New Delhi still seems indecisive and concerned about the diplomatic fall out.
To calm the Tamil temper, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote a letter to Karunanidhi in which he said, "With regard to resolution in UN human rights council, we are engaged with all parties in an effort to achieve an outcome that is forward looking and ensures that rather than deepening confrontation and mistrust a way forward is found."
However, the political fire in Tamil Nadu is fuelled further by the pictures showing the bullet ridden body of 12-year-old Balachandran, the son of slain LTTE Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, allegedly killed by Sri Lankan forces.
It's part of several alleged war crime videos from the last days of the war against the LTTE. While Colombo has denied the allegations, the focus back home is on the stand New Delhi will take.