"It is my personal opinion. Twenty three countries had supported it and we also should have supported even if it was a watered down one," he said.

Chidambaram, who hails from Tamil Nadu where the ethnic conflict involving minority Tamils in Sri Lanka has an emotional appeal, said the decision could have been taken by officials in the External Affairs Ministry.

He pointed out that there was no consensus among the political parties in Tamil Nadu over this issue.

India had on Thursday abstained from voting in US-sponsored resolution at UNHRC, saying it imposes an ‘intrusive approach’ of international investigative mechanism which was counter-productive, apart from being ‘inconsistent and impractical’.

India had, however, voted against Sri Lanka, which has been charged with alleged war crimes during the peak of hostilities in 2009, in the previous years amid clamour for its support by Tamil Nadu political parties, including former UPA constituent DMK and ruling AIADMK.

Meanwhile, commenting on DMK chief M Karunanidhi's statement that his party was ready to support the Congress if it proved its secular credentials, Chidambaram asserted that the Congress was indeed a secular party.

Chidambaram welcomed Karunanidhi's remarks but said he was 'amazed' that the DMK supremo was questioning the Congress’ secular credentials as it had never extended support to any communal party.

"We have always been on the secular side,” he said.

"If he comes, we welcome him," he added.


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