Uproar in Parl over Sri Lankan Tamil issue

New Delhi: Government today sought to mollify agitated DMK and AIADMK members who demanded India`s support to a resolution at UNHCHR against Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes saying no date has been fixed yet for discussing the matter.

"Our traditional stand has been that we have never supported any country-specific resolution at the UNHCHR," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told the Lok Sabha as DMK, AIADMK and CPI members rushed to the Well raising slogans on the issue.

Mukherjee, who is the Leader of the Lok Sabha, told the House that no date has been fixed as yet for discussing the resolution against Sri Lanka moved by France, Norway and the US at Geneva-based UNHCHR and the stand can be decided in due course.

He told the members that the government has already explained the matter in detail to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and DMK chief M Karunanidhi. "The Prime Minister has written two letters to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Karunanidhi…If members want further clarification, I will request the External Affairs Minister to make a brief statement," Mukherjee said.

Earlier, as soon as the Lok Sabha convened for the day, DMK member T R Baalu demanded that the government support the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at UNHCHR, Geneva.

Baalu was supported by his party colleagues and members belonging to AIADMK and CPI on the issue of alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government during its fight against the LTTE. Former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran was also seen in the aisle waving placards.

The Rajya Sabha witnessed three adjournments with DMK, AIADMK and the Left raising the issue vociferously.