India sending a delegation

The Indian government hopes to send an all-party delegation led by the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj to Sri Lanka in April, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Swaraj told reporters that the all-party delegation’s visit to Sri Lanka is very much on and is tentatively scheduled from April 16 to 21.

The BJP has nominated Prahlad Joshi from Lok Sabha and M Venkaiah Naidu from Rajya Sabha as its representatives in the delegation.

India had recently voted- after some amendments for a US resolution at the UNHRC condemning Sri Lanka for the atrocities against Tamils during the war against the LTTE.

Sri Lanka had openly spoken against India’s decision.

Deputy Leader of the BJP in Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia had first made the suggestion in December in Parliament that an all-party delegation should be sent to Sri Lanka to learn about the condition of Tamils there after the LTTE was decimated and its Chief V Prabhakharan was killed.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna had welcomed the suggestion in the Rajya Sabha and later made a statement in the Lok Sabha endorsing the idea.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal is said to be working on finalising the details of the visit, including the list of MPs who will be part of the delegation, the PTI report said.

According to PTI Swaraj said she is hopeful the trip will take place. The delegation was to leave on February 11 but due to Assembly elections in five states and other factors, the trip was postponed.