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DMK walks out of UPA coalition over Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue

Chennai/New Delhi, Mar 19 ():  DMK has walked out of Congress-led UPA coalition over Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue.

DMK leader Karunanidhi said at a press conference in Chennai that the party ministers will submit their resignations shortly. Karunanidhi said that the DMK has always worked for the Tamils and has been demanding New Delhi to take a tough stand against the Sri Lankan government over alleged war crimes against Tamils.

Karunanidhi added saying that continuing in this government will be an injustice to the Sri Lankan Tamils and  also ruled out extending outside support to the UPA.

When Karunanidhi was asked if the DMK would change its stance if the government brought a resolution in Parliament condemning Sri Lanka, he said there was time till Thursday and he could reconsider his decision, if a resolution was introduced in Parliament accusing Sri Lanka of committing genocide of Tamils.

Yesterday, Karunanidhi had said he felt “let down” by the lukewarm response of the Centre and had insisted for amendments in the resolution on Sri Lanka.

One of the amendments was to “declare that genocide and war crimes had been committed on the Eelam Tamils by the Sri Lankan army and the rulers.”

The second one was, “establishment of a credible and independent international commission of investigation in a time bound manner into the allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity, violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law and crime of genocide against the Tamils.” Karunanidhi had demanded that the Parliament should adopt the resolution incorporating these two amendments.

At a marathon two-and-a-half-hour meeting held in Chennai with the  central ministers- finance minister P Chidambaram, defence minister A K Antony and health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Karunanidhi urged New Delhi for a resolution condemning the Rajapaksa government for alleged genocide and war crimes against Tamils in Sri Lanka and he also demanded passing of the original resolution drafted for UNHRC by the United States in the Parliament.

UPA government on the other hand is of the opinion that the draft prepared by the US is too ‘intrusive’ which is against the standard policy of India of not intervening in internal affairs of another country.

The senior Congress leaders have got together for an emergency meet while the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said that she has got ‘nothing to say now.’