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Congress Core Group to decide on PM's visit to Sri Lanka for CHOGM

Nov 08, 2013 08:52 AM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: There is still no certainty over whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will go to Colombo to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM). The Congress Core Group is likely to take a final decision on Friday.

This even as the DMK on Thursday rejected a compromise formula for the Prime Minister's visit. The External Affairs Ministry had proposed the PM makes a short stop at the Tamil dominated region of Jaffna first before continuing on to Colombo.

Meanwhile, reports say there will likely be more protests in Tamil Nadu on Friday over the Human Rights violations against Sri Lankan Tamils. Pressure is building on the government not just from parties in Tamil Nadu but also from leaders within the Congress.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy said he had urged the PM to take a "good decision" in view of the sentiments of Tamils. "I told him that the sentiments of Tamils on the issue were very high," Narayanasamy said.

The minister, who represents Puducherry, which has a sizeable Tamil population, said he had urged the prime minister to consider not going to Sri Lanka to attend the CHOGM summit.

Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan also hoped that the prime minister will take a decision keeping in view the sentiments of Tamils. "I hope the Prime Minister will take a good decision," she told reporters in Chennai on Monday.