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Monday, March 18, 2013

DMK threatens to break ties with UPA on Lankan Tamils issue

Chennai, Mar 17 (TruthDive): Taking a tough stand, the DMK on Sunday blamed the central government for showing unenthusiastic reaction towards Tamils’ issue in Sri Lanka, and also warned saying that it would not hesitate to withdraw ties with the UPA government if it failed to move amendment to the US-sponsored resolution at the UNHRC.
DMK President M Karunanidhi talking to reporters said that he is not quite sure whether his party will continue having links with the government at the centre if it fails to approve their demand. Karunanidhi also said that he has posted a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but was disappointed by the government on the issue.
The DMK has earlier threatened to pull out party nominees from Union Council of Ministers if the centre does not pay heed to its demand on various amendments to the US-resolution involving the alleged war crimes and an international probe.
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The DMK president in a press meet here said that he does not bother whether the US approves India’s amendments or not, but New Delhi should at any cost move them at the UN human rights body.
Responding to a question, Karunanidhi stated that he did not receive any call from the Centre after his party threw an open threat of withdrawing support to the government. The DMK which has 18 members in the Lok Sabha with one cabinet minister and four junior ministers, wrote a letter to both Prime Minister and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi demanding the government to bring in amendments to declare that war crimes were committed against Eelam Tamils by the Sri Lankan Army and the bureaucrats and therefore the party sought an independent international commission to probe human rights violations.

Karunanidhi in his letter also mentioned that due to the unstable situation existing in the state, he was forced to fax the letter to the Congress high command as the people of Tamil Nadu are worried about the lukewarm response of the government, to the appeal made by students’ communities across the state.


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