Karunanidhi quits the Congress-led UPA

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DMK chief M. Karunanidhi today quit the Congress-led UPA and its government expressing dismay on India’s stand over Sri Lanka at the United National Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Continuing in this government will be an injustice to the Sri Lankan Tamils,” the former Tamil Nadu chief minister told the media. Karunanidhi said the UPA government had not only refused to consider the DMK’s views on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC but had quietly watered down the resolution.

He also ruled out extending outside legislative support to the UPA. Asked if the DMK would change its stand if the government brought a resolution in parliament denouncing Sri Lanka, he said there was time till Thursday for that.

If a resolution was introduced in parliament accusing Sri Lanka of committing “genocide” of Tamils, “we are ready to change our view”, the DMK leader said.

Our demand is that the Indian government should declare that there was genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka and war crimes were committed against them,” DMK’s spokesperson T.K.S. Elangovan said earlier.

Agreeing that the Sri Lankan Tamil problem will be a major issue in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Elangovan said the party will not be in a disadvantageous position because of that.

He said the protests in Tamil Nadu against the Sri Lankan government has become people’s protests and there is no anti-DMK sentiments there.

In a bid to placate the DMK, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi said the Congress strongly condemned human rights violation in Sri Lanka. After meeting with top three senior Congress leaders on Monday, the party had claimed that the government had agreed to the DMK’s demand.

The government is walking a tightrope after the DMK threatened to pull its ministers out of the Union Cabinet and may consider extending outside support to the government. There are several important bills pending and the Centre is worried that India-Sri Lanka ties will be hit if the government takes a strong stand on the resolution.

Government sources, however, claim that there is not much to worry as the DMK would be placated soon. On the other hand the DMK feels that it has little to lose as Lok Sabha are just about a year away and if the party takes a strong stand on the alleged war crimes by the Sri Lanka forces during the war against the LTTE, it can bounce back in Tamil Nadu. The DMK has been on the backfoot after losing to the AIADMK in the Tamil Nadu assembly elections.

Indian equities  too crashed, minutes after the DMK quit the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) over the Sri Lankan issue.

Anyone who follows Tamil Nadu and Karunanidhi’s politics will know the DMK chief is just indulging in posturing. Quitting the UPA will rob the party of its clout in Delhi and for a party whose leaders and cadre are already facing trouble in the AIADMK regime, not having men who matter in Delhi on speed dial would hurt. But at the same time, if he decides to go half the distance and just quit the cabinet, the bets are that he would choose the Lankan issue to pull his ministers out.

But by raising the pitch on the emotive Lankan issue, Karunanidhi’s political protest is in sync with what is happening on the streets of Tamil Nadu. Hunger strikes and street protests by a few colleges in Chennai have metamorphosed into a frenzy that is sucking in more students from different cities of the state. This is a new development because hitherto pro-Lankan Tamil protests have been the preserve of Tamil Nadu politicians and the likes of Vaiko have virtually built their political career over such agitations.

The letters and the airdash by three senior ministers seem more an orchestrated plot to make Karunanidhi the hero of India’s pro-Sri Lankan Tamil campaign. The AIADMK has ridiculed it calling it a “deal between UPA Delhi and UPA Chennai”. Karunanidhi knows very well that he cannot afford to yield even an inch on the issue because Jayalalithaa will go all out to occupy it. Already the Tamilnadu chief minister has asked the PM to take “historic and courageous” steps to move amendments to the US-backed resolution at Geneva. Jaya has even pressed for slapping economic sanctions on Sri Lanka till Tamils were fully settled. Which is why Karunanidhi wants terms like ‘genocide’ and ‘Eelam’ added to the resolution.

In the past, the Lankan issue has never played a significant part in the elections, where local issues held sway. But this time, political consensus is that Tamilians in Tamil Nadu are feeling more strongly for their brethren across the Gulf of Mannar. The photographs showing Prabhakaran’s son minutes before he was killed in cold blood have unleashed a sense of outrage against Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Lankan army. There is intense competition among the political tribe now to emerge as the voice of this anger and anguish.

The Congress knows there is no way its alliance with the DMK will fetch it the kind of dividends it did in 2009, when the two won 26 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats (18 seats DMK and 8 seats Congress). But then wooing Jayalalithaa is not an option given the unpredictability quotient that defines her.

The Lankan issue is Karunanidhi’s gambit to get back into political form.

ඉන්දීය කොන්ග්‍රස් ආණ්ඩුවේ ප්‍රබලතම පක්ෂයක් වන…..

ඉන්දීය කොන්ග්‍රස් ආණ්ඩුවේ ප්‍රබලතම පක්ෂයක් වන ද්‍රවිඩ මුන්නේත්‍රම් කලහම් පක්ෂය (DMK) ආණ්ඩුවේ සන්ධානයෙන් අද (19) ඉවත් වීමට තීරණය කර ඇති බව විදෙස් මාධ්‍ය වාර්තා පවසයි
ඔවුන් සන්ධානයෙන් ඉයත්ව යාමට තීරණය කර ඇත්තේ ඇමරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදය විසින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඉලක්ක කර, ගෙන ඒමට නියමිත මානව හිමිකම් යෝජනාවලිය සඳහා තමන් විසින් ඉදිරිපත්කළ සංශෝධන සම්බන්ධයෙන් ආණ්ඩුවේ ස්ථාවරය ප්‍රකාශ නොකිරීම නිසා බව DMK නායක කරුනා නිධි පවසා තිබේ.කෙසේ නමුත් විදේශ ඇමති පී. සිදම්බරම් පවසා ඇත්තේ DMK පක්ෂය ඉවත්ව ගියත් තම ආණ්ඩුව නොවැටෙන බවයි.ලංකාව ඉලක්ක කර, ගෙන ඒමට නියමිත මානව හිමිකම් යෝජනාවලියේ සංශෝධන සඳහා DMK පක්ෂය විසින් එරට කොන්ග්‍රස් මණ්ඩලයට ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති යෝජනාවන් වන්නේ.
01. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ හමුදාව විසින් ඊලාම් දෙමළ ජනතාවට වර්ගසංහාරයක් සිදු කිරීම යන්න ඇතුළත් කළ යුතුයි.
02. යුධ අපරාධ පිළබඳව පරීක්ෂා කිරීමට ස්වාධීන ජාත්‍යන්තර කොමිසමක් පත් කළ යුතුයි.
මෙම සංශෝදන ඇතුළත් යෝජනා ඉන්දිය ව්‍යවස්ථාදායකයේ සම්මත කර ගත යුතු බවත් ඔවුන් එහි සඳහන් කර තිබේ.

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