BJP rules out country specific resolution, says 'India is not Pakistan'

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 20, 2013 07:12 hrs

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said that passing a country specific resolution on Sri Lanka is not a desirable action, saying that unlike Pakistan, India was a functional democracy.

"We are not like the Pakistan Parliament. India is a functional democracy. We cannot have resolutions in parliament specific to a country. And, we are treated like Pakistan as we saw them passing a resolution," said BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

"And, at the same time, we will know what is in the mind of this government, and what does it want in the resolution, and whether such a resolution is required at all. As far as the DMK is concerned, the DMK action has just been born out of a desire to look for an excuse to quit the UPA Government, and was not fuelled by any real concern for Sri Lankan Tamils," he added.

The DMK had pulled out of the UPA Government over the issue of alleged human rights violations of Sri Lankan Tamils.

"DMK continuing to support the Central Government under these circumstances is impossible. Even if the LTTE is vanquished, our support for the fight of Tamil freedom and human rights is not over," said its chief and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M.Karunanidhi, while addressing the media yesterday in Chennai.

"We totally support the revolution in Sri Lanka and the rights of the Tamils, we have fought for their rights," he added.

With the pullout of the 18 DMK MPs in the Lok Sabha, the strength of the UPA Government declines from 295 to 277 in the Rajya Sabha.

The DMK has also ruled out any question of giving outside support, but said it might consider changing its stand based on the government's stand.

"If the Parliament passes a resolution before the vote in UNHRC, we might change our stand," Karunanidhi said.

Karunanidhi had earlier said India should strongly urge the establishment of a credible and independent international commission of investigation into the allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity, violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law and genocide against the Tamil people.

The U.S.-sponsored motion puts the island nation in dock over alleged war crimes and rights violations against Tamil civilians during the final phase of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The resolution is moved by the US for the second time. Last year, India had supported a similar resolution. (ANI)

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