DMK flays Khurshid's participation in CHOGM

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Chennai, Nov 13: Hardening its stand, DMK on Wednesday termed as "wrong" External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid's Sri Lankan visit to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), saying Tamil people's sentiments should not be ignored in this matter.

Asked about Khurshid's visit to Colombo despite Tamil Nadu Assembly twice adopting resolutions seeking India's complete boycott of the multi-country summit, party chief M Karunanidhi said "my opinion is that it (Khurshid's visit) is wrong."

Political parties in Tamil Nadu have been demanding that India boycott CHOGM.

"My stand is that the Centre should not ignore sentiments of Tamil people like this," he told reporters here.

While welcoming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's decision to stay away from the summit beginning on November 15 Karunanidhi had, however, said the decision to depute a delegation led by Khurshid was 'debatable'.

Political parties in Tamil Nadu have been demanding that India boycott completely the CHOGM in view of alleged war crimes by Sri Lanka during the battle against LTTE in 2009.

PTI

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