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India sending a delegation to Lanka


The Indian government hopes to send an all-party delegation led by the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj to Sri Lanka in April, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Swaraj told reporters that the all-party delegation’s visit to Sri Lanka is very much on and is tentatively scheduled from April 16 to 21.

The BJP has nominated Prahlad Joshi from Lok Sabha and M Venkaiah Naidu from Rajya Sabha as its representatives in the delegation.

India had recently voted- after some amendments for a US resolution at the UNHRC condemning Sri Lanka for the atrocities against Tamils during the war against the LTTE.

Sri Lanka had openly spoken against India’s decision.

Deputy Leader of the BJP in Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia had first made the suggestion in December in Parliament that an all-party delegation should be sent to Sri Lanka to learn about the condition of Tamils there after the LTTE was decimated and its Chief V Prabhakharan was killed.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna had welcomed the suggestion in the Rajya Sabha and later made a statement in the Lok Sabha endorsing the idea.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal is said to be working on finalising the details of the visit, including the list of MPs who will be part of the delegation, the PTI report said.

According to PTI Swaraj said she is hopeful the trip will take place. The delegation was to leave on February 11 but due to Assembly elections in five states and other factors, the trip was postponed.

5 Comments for “India sending a delegation to Lanka”

  1. Sri Lanka should its Parliamentary delegation to Kashmir to find out the conditions of the Kashmiris. TNA could join in, if it wants to. They will learn how lucky their people are in the North & East of Sri Lanka.

  2. union

    I don’t think there will be any point in sending delegates to Sri Lanka. Right now Sri Lanka is under the grip of unliterate, uncivilised blood thirsty animals. They will not respond to delegates or any other means which is used by civilised society. UN should take very stern action against Sri Lankan politicians including president and foreign minister who has been refused to abide by the UN resolution. These war criminals should be wiped out for the betterment of our country. May triple gem bless our country.

  3. raj

    tamils do not care about corrupted people visit

  4. NE

    Receive them and treat them well unlike how Sri Lankans are treated in Tamil Nadu so that they will realise we are a civilised nation.

  5. Christopher

    What is the rush? Is this a form of damage control or mission that has been choreographed by cooperating USA? Sri Lanka should not hesitate to let the ”ragtop” that Sri Lanka will never give into US demands that has been backed by Indian vote on the recent resolution presented by the USA. India should also realise that Sri Lanka cannot be pushed around by Indians nor the Americans.

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