Manmohan justifies vote

Justifying India’s decision to vote in favor of the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said it was done to express concerns over the Tamil issue.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Padma Awards ceremony last evening Manmohan Singh said, “We don’t want to infringe on Sri Lanka’s sovereignty but our concerns should be expressed so Tamils get justice and dignity.”

Meanwhile Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK took credit for India’s vote in favour of the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka for war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council ( UNHRC) in Geneva.

AIADMK supremo and chief minister J Jayalalithaa in a statement claimed that her continuous efforts in pressing the Centre over the issue yielded the desired result.

DMK chief M Karunanidhi thanked PM Manmohan Singh and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi for India’s vote against Sri Lanka.

He, however, added, “I have written to the PM indicating that there is apprehension among Lankan Tamils about possible attacks on them. Request him to kindly prevent such undesirable developments.”

In TN, there was jubilation among both the Dravida parties as well as other smaller nationalist parties over the outcome of the vote coming as a shot in the arm for them in political terms. (Agencies)