DMK threatens to pull out ministers over Sri Lanka issue

DMK     The United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) key ally DMK threatened to quit the UPA government unless the U.S.-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council was strengthened with a firm demand for an independent international probe into war crimes.

“If this demand is not conceded, I categorically state our continuation in the ministry will be meaningless,” party president M. Karunanidhi said in a statement.

He said the resolution should reflect the demand for an inquiry into the alleged genocide, identification of war criminals and an independent probe against them.

The DMK has one union minister and four minister of states in the union council of ministers including Karunanidhi’s son M K Alagiri, who is a Union minister. It has 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha and has been one of the largest non-Congress constituent of the central alliance in its two terms.

In recent days, the DMK chief has stepped up pressure on the Centre, strongly criticising statements of Congress leaders, including Union external affairs minister Salman Khurshid and party spokesperson Abishek Manu Singvi on the issue. Karunanidhi said the party has faced “only disappointment” from the Union government with regard to its stand on the Lanka issue. The DMK chief wondered what flawed logic impelled the Indian government to treat the island nation as a friendly neighbour.

Karunanidhi criticized Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and warned the UPA government saying, “The situation is reaching a flashpoint. We cannot watch silently.”

The DMK-back Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation (TESO) has working hard for the Lankan tamil welfare in the past one year. “But Tamils are reluctant to support us wholeheartedly because of our alliance with the Congress,” the MP said.

I can only remind my friends what happened in 1965 on the language (anti-Hindi) issue. The agitation on language issue has cost the Congress to a very great extent. The congress has lost its rule in TN in 1965 and till now they could not come to power in TN,” he said.

Last year too, the DMK resorted to similar posturing on the eve of session of the UNHRC when the US moved a resolution against Sri Lanka.



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