The Indian Government came under attack in the Lok Sabha over the plight of the ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka, with demands that India should take a lead in ensuring passage of a resolution against the island nation at the upcoming UN sessions.
BJP and DMK MPs including Yashwant Sinha stage a walk out of the Lok Sabha after Salman Khurshid refuses to commit a stance on war crimes in Sri Lanka. Salman Khurshid said, India cannot interfere in Sri Lanka’s politics, play big brother, and that “ Diplomacy will do what war cannot do in Sri Lanka and we will take the final decision keeping in mind your concern on the issue”.
The Lok Sabha was debating the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils with the DMK taking the floor first. Tamil Nadu parties across the board have been attempting to up the pressure on the Centre to vote against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC vote.
DMK chief M Karunanidhi had recently demanded that India should take forward a resolution against Sri Lanka for its alleged war crimes in the United Nations Human Rights Council, saying such a move would reflect its commitment towards the Sri Lankan Tamil cause and the aspirations of the Tamils across the world.
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