Congress today said Government "unambiguously" condemns alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka, but will not interfere in the domestic affairs of the island nation.
"The Indian government's stand on Sri Lanka is a calibrated middle-of-the-road stand. The stand is simple... We do not interfere in domestic affairs of a country, especially our neighbbouring country, a valuable ally like Sri Lanka," party spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters.
"Without hesitation and being unambiguous we condemn human rights violations, especially of the serious kind. I think it is nuanced and balanced approach (of Indian government)," he said.
Asked about his view on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as a Prime Ministerial candidate, he said, "The tragedy of Modi is that his over-eagerness for the post is matched by an
under-eagerness within his own party and NDA. He has to first sort out that contradiction."
Asked about the delay in passing anti-rape law due to lack of consensus in the Cabinet, Singhvi said there is bound to be a level of disagreement on many specific issues, "but things are moving far faster than before."
He said Delhi gang- rape incident would lead to conviction in next three to six months.
Moreover, there are some suggestions in the Verma Commission report that should be deliberated.
"We should not get carried away by a system where we end up perhaps with more laws and less enforcement. If that happens then you are back to square one," he contended.
Asked how he would justify the attack on BJP government in Karnataka for corruption when the UPA government itself is caught up in various scams, Singhvi said no political party since independence had taken legal action for any
"We never displayed the lack of morality and lack of principle which you have been seeing from the day of inception of the BJP government in Karnataka," he added.
Asked why Congress had not moved a no-confidence motion against the Gujarat government, Singhvi said the party did want to fall into the trap, particularly when BJP was
cracking and breaking due to contradictions within. "We know for sure that we have the electorate's mandate and we are coming back (to power) and therefore we are not for it," he argued.
Singhvi also said Congress is 'supremely confident' and yet humble in expecting certain victory in both Urban Local Bodies and coming assembly elections in Karnataka.
"There is no question of us going out and seeking anybody's help. When the winds change, you have a lot of people seeking us. Now there are a lot of bridegrooms running after the
bride, but the bride ultimately will be the chooser," he said, apparently referring to leaders of BJP, JDS and other parties trying to join Congress in Karnataka ahead of the assembly election.
© Copyright PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of any PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without their prior written consent.