Oct 31, Colombo: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo next month despite the political pressure from the Tamil parties of Tamil Nadu, Indian media report said.
The Prime Minister considering that it is in India's strategic interests to keep good relationships with the neighbor countries has reportedly taken a decision to attend the summit following a meeting of the Congress core committee on Wednesday.
According to the Times of India report the committee in some detail has evaluated pros and cons of PM attending the meeting in Colombo and decided that the benefits outweigh the political fallout from the Tamil parties.
Deciding to attend the CHOGM in Sri Lanka when the Tamil Nadu assembly unanimously passed a resolution against India's participation in the summit at any level was not easy for the Indian Prime Minister, the report says.
The Tamil Nadu resolution even 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 of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa has repeatedly accused the Central Indian government of not respecting the Tamil sentiments.
However, by not attending the summit, especially after Sri Lanka's newly appointed Chief Minister of Northern Province C V Vigneswaran asked the PM to attend the CHOGM so that India can influence the Sri Lankan government for a meaningful political settlement, the center has felt that India would lose its influencing power on Sri Lanka to China and Pakistan.