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DMK ministers submit resignation

New Delhi, Mar 21 (): A day after announcing to withdraw support to the UPA government, five DMK ministers on Wednesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and handed over their resignations.

Ministers including MK Alagiri, D Napolean, S Gandhiselvan, SS Palanimackamand S Jagatrakshakan submitted their resignations to the PM. The ministers also met President Pranab Mukherjee and conveyed the party’s decision of withdrawing support to the UPA government.

After meeting the Prime Minister, DMK minister TR Balu who was asked whether the party has an intention of joining the NDA, Balu said, “There is no question of it.”

DMK chief M Karunanidhi declared withdrawing support to the UPA government in the wake of the centre’s failure to push for amendments to the US-sponsored resolution in UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC). Giving a tremendous shock to the UPA government, the DMK also demanded for an independent international probe into “genocide” of Sri Lankan Tamils.

When asked whether the party will reconsider its decision, TR Baalu claimed that after submitting the resignation letter there is no window of reconsideration. Following the DMK’s pull out, the ruling government at the centre which has been reduced to 224, still enjoys the support of 281 MPs and supports the government from outside.

As of now, the Lok Sabha has 539 MPs with four seats vacant. The most vital support the UPA looking for is the support of the SP (22) and BSP (21). Both the parties have claimed to extend support to the ruling government at the centre and said that there is no need to worry regarding its stability.

The DMK which demanded a resolution by the Indian Parliament on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue also said that the party will definitely reconsider its decision if the Parliament adopts a resolution before March 21 taking the party’s demands on board. On March 21, the Geneva-based UNHRC is due to vote a resolution against Sri Lanka.

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