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August 2, 2011 / DC, New Delhi.

(File photo) Parliament in New Delhi - PTI
(File photo) Parliament in New Delhi - PTI.

A Sri Lankan delegation led by its Speaker Mr Chamal Rajapakse who were seated in the special box of the Lok Sabha was heckled by the AIADMK members in the lower house even as speaker Meira Kumar welcomed them.
Later Ms Kumar conveyed her ‘sincere apologies’ to the delegation over the incident.
Even as members of other political parties thumped their desks to welcome the Lankan team, nine AIADMK members led by floor leader M. Thambidurai shouted “shame, shame” as the speaker read out a message welcoming the guests.
CPI’s Tenkasi member P. Lingam also tried to join the protest by rushing into the well of the house but was restrained by his party comrade Gurudas Das Gupta.
Meira Kumar reprimanded the AIADMK members telling them to sit down as the Lankan delegation had come “at our invitation and you must honour and res-pect them”.
Parties upset with Lankan reception
All the major political parties in Tamil Nadu, barring of course the Congress, have slammed the Indian government for being “insensitive to Tamil sentiments by rolling out the red carpet every other month” to official delegations from Sri Lanka despite the large-scale Tamil civilian deaths in the final phase of the Eelam war.

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