The UPA government’s attempt to bring about a resolution on Sri Lanka that could have been a political message to Tamils, both in India and abroad, failed to garner support from the opposition on Wednesday.
Opposition tight-lipped over SL resolution
During an all-party meeting, convened by Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, almost all opposition parties rejected the UPA government’s proposal.
Parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath said after the meeting: “We discussed ways to end the Parliament impasse. We could not arrive at a solution. No consensus emerged.”
Cornered by the DMK withdrawing support, the government’s draft resolution sought a credible and independent probe into war crimes against Sri Lankan Tamils.
On Wednesday, parties including BJP, Left, Samajwadi Party and JD(U), opposed any ‘country-specific’ resolution in the Parliament over fear of long-term implications. The fallout could include other countries passing resolutions against India on issues such as human-rights violations in Kashmir and interfering in the country’s domestic issues.
Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said that such a resolution is unprecedented and will have consequences in the future. The CPI, meanwhile, criticised the government for not putting adequate diplomatic pressure on the Sri Lankan government.
Top sources in the UPA told HT that even allies, like Sharad Pawar’s NCP, were not comfortable with the move.
Efforts to bring parties on board over the proposed resolution had started on Tuesday night. After a meeting at PM Manmohan Singh’s residence, Nath and Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel went to meet key leaders of supporting parties. Most of them, however, were reluctant to support the move.