Chennai: The Centre on Thursday assured Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa that it will take into account her opinion on unannounced visits by Sri Lankan VIPs to the state, saying it will take the matter "seriously".
"We are a federal state, we have the greatest respect for states. Whatever is the assessment of the state governments, we will take it seriously but we will see how we can reconcile the issue," External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said.
"I would like to assure the Chief Minister that her opinion will certainly be factored in the decision we are going to take," he told reporters here en-route to Singapore.
Jayalalithaa had on Wednesday written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to discourage unannounced visits of Sri Lankan dignitaries to the state, saying the people were "greatly exercised" over the Lankan government's conduct on the Tamils issue....more
02:05 PM, Mar 08, 2012