BJP unlikely to back resolution against Sri Lanka

BJP 2     The main Indian opposition BJP says it will not support a resolution on Sri Lanka in the Indian Parliament. Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy told NDTV that such a resolution will be seen as mainly to keep the Indian government alive and not because of the issue on Sri Lanka.

His comments came after the Indian government said a resolution on Sri Lanka is likely to be submitted in the Indian Parliament this week.

Senior BJP leaders believe that such a resolution would be similar to the one passed by the Pakistani Parliment on Afzal Guru which India angrily dismissed. The Indian Parliament later passed a resolution of its own, warning Pakistan to keep off India’s internal affairs.

While the BJP leadership is keen to ensure that Sri Lankan Tamils are protected, the party is unwilling to create a diplomatic rift between the two countries.

Meanwhile, the DMK ministers  are expected to submit their resignations to the Prime Minister today. DMK leader TR Baalu met President Pranab Mukherjee this evening and handed over to him the letter withdrawing support to UPA government.

Ahead of DMK leaders’ meeting with the President, the Congress Core Group also held a meeting to discuss the situation.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and senior ministers and party leaders.

The DMK move makes the government vulnerable despite its assertions of having a Parliamentary majority.

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