Some UPA ministers opposed to PM's visit to Lanka for CHOGM: Chidambaram

ChidambaramChidambaram, however, refused to name the ministers who were opposed to the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Lanka.

Some union ministers are opposed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Sri Lanka to participate in CHOGM later in November but there is still time to take a decision, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said on Friday.

"It's the decision that the government will take. There is still time to take that decision," he told reporters when asked whether Singh would travel to Colombo.

"I think MEA spokesperson has already said that the process of decision-making is on and the decision will be taken," Chidambaram added.

To another question, he said, "I am aware that some ministers were opposed to Prime Minister's participating in CHOGM. We are aware of that."

He did not identify the ministers but his comments came against the backdrop of Congress leader and Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan urging the Prime Minister on Thursday that India should boycott the CHOGM keeping in mind the sentiments of Tamil Nadu parties.

Vasan said he met the Prime Minister to apprise him of the view of the people in Tamil Nadu and the unanimous resolution adopted by the state assembly demanding that India "completely" boycott CHOGM in Sri Lanka.

"The Prime Minister informed that he would act keeping the sentiments of people of Tamil Nadu in mind over Sri Lanka. He had assured to take a good decision," he stated.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on indianexpress.com are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, indianexpress.com reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.