Oct 24, Colombo: The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution asking the Indian government to respect the sentiment of the state's people and completely boycott the next month's Commonwealth Head of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka.
The Chief Minister of the Tamil state of southern India asked the central government not even to allow a "token participation of Indian representatives" and inform Sri Lanka of the decision immediately.
"India should immediately communicate its decision to the Sri Lankan government and take steps to suspend the country from the Commonwealth till it secures rights for the Tamils on par with the Sinhalese and their independence," the Chief Minister has urged.
The resolution urged the Indian government to take steps to suspend Sri Lanka from the 53-nation Commonwealth until the Sri Lankan government grants the Tamils in the island nation equal rights.
The Chief Minister, who moved the resolution, recalled that the assembly in March 2013 passed a resolution urging the central government to stop calling Sri Lanka a "friendly nation" and sought an international probe on alleged war crimes during the war.
She noted that her consistent efforts led to the Indian government to end providing training to the Sri Lankan Army.
The Chief Minister also called on the central government to impose economic sanctions on Sri Lanka until the alleged oppression of Tamils ended.
She said India should follow the Canadian Prime Minister who announced that he will boycott the CHOGM summit in Colombo on the basis of ongoing human right abuses that Lanka had violated the basic principles of the Commonwealth.
The Tamil Nadu chief Minister said it is unfortunate that the central government has not taken a decision to boycott the CHOGM summit. "It only shows that the Centre has not respected the sentiments of the Tamils," she said.