New Delhi: Members from Tamil Nadu in Rajya Sabha on Thursday raised strong objections to the reported remarks of Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam against MPs of the state and demanded a categorical response from the government on the matter.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, D Raja (CPI) waved a copy of the media report quoting the Sri Lankan envoy as asking the Government of India to probe the activities of MPs from Tamil Nadu sympathetic to the LTTE cause.
Raja along with other Left members and those of DMK and AIADMK were on their feet demanding immediate response of the government over the Sri Lankan envoy's remarks against them saying he had committed gross violation (of diplomatic norms).
Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan urged them to maintain peace and decorum in the House and take to their seats and said they would have to give notice before raising such a matter. The notice has not been given.
"The government has clarified to your question and the matter is over... We have to examine it, because there is no notice. It has to be examined....," Khan told the angry members.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla said, "You should only believe what External Affairs Minister (S M Krishna) has stated on the floor of the House...There will be 100 media reports..."
Some members then handed over copies of media reports to Shukla.
Later, Raja met Krishna on the issue and sought recall of the Sri Lankan envoy.