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Clarify move to supply naval warships to Lanka: CPI

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today asked the government to clarify its reported move to supply two naval warships to to strengthen its capability to guard its maritime boundary.

Observing that the government has not contradicted reports that the warships built by a Goa-based defence public sector unit would be given to Sri Lanka, National Secretary D Raja said the move was "highly condemnable".

"The move is highly condemnable because these warships are not going to be used against or They will obviously be used against and its fishermen in the name of guarding its maritime boundary," he said.

Seeking clarification from Prime Minister on the government's position on the issue, he said statements made by some ministers from have confirmed the reports.

Raja welcomed Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's letter to the Prime Minister asking him to shelve such a "disastrous move".

The leader said during UPA-I rule, when Left parties supported the government from outside, "government's move to enter into a defence agreement with was disapproved and condemned by several parties including the Left.

First Published: Fri, September 13 2013. 19:16 IST