Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha today withdrew her AIADMK MP from an all-party delegation team to visit Sri Lanka on April 16-21.
The team led by BJP’s Ms Sushma Swaraj is to inspect the rehabilitation of those displaced during the war against the Tamil Tigers that ended in May 2009.
CM also said in a statement that her MP Rabi Bernard will stay away as the itenary does not include a meeting with the affected people and taking up their issues with President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
She said the itenary “gives importance to meeting and dining” with Sinhalese leaders and government officials and that the programme seemed to have been designed by Sri Lankan officials to create a positive image about them in India.
“Further the delegation does not comprise of journalists, human rights activists and independent observers and no interaction with Tamils directly,” she said.