Sept 12, Colombo: A day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa wrote to Indian Prime Minister urging to cancel the sale of two warships to Sri Lanka, India's Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan also voiced his opposition to the sale.
The Minister has said that he would urge the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to sell the vessels.
"I am against the selling of warships to Sri Lanka. I will meet the Prime Minister soon and request him not to sell the warships," Vasan was quoted in Indian media as saying.
Jayalalithaa in a letter on Wednesday, requested the PM to immediately cancel any existing agreements for supply of naval ships to Sri Lanka and "ensure that no support of any kind is provided to the Sri Lankan military forces."
Her fiery letter to the PM came after the Union Minister for State in the Prime Minister's Office, V. Narayanasamy, Tuesday confirmed that the Indian government has agreed to supply naval warships to Sri Lanka during 2017-18 based on an agreement signed few years ago.
Vasan said he would also urge the PM to insist on the Sri Lankan government to implement the 13th amendment to the Constitution without dilution to protect the legitimate rights of Tamils.
He told reporters that he had already requested the Center to boycott the Commonwealth Summit to be held in Colombo in November and is expecting a decision soon.
India has not yet confirmed whether the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that will be held in Colombo from 15-17 November.