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 reporters.
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.
Here are reactions of some of the leaders after the news of DMK pullout:
Chidambaram, Finance Minister: Let me assure everyone that the government is absolutely stable and enjoys a majority in the Lok Sabha. The DMK leader has said he will review his decision if we pass a resolution in the house. We have taken note of that also. However at this point, the government is stable, the government will continue, and the government has a majority in the house. As for the resolution condemning genocide in Sri Lanka in Parliament, we have begun consulting all parties.
Sonia Gandhi, Congress President: I have nothing to say now. Most pained over manner in which SL Tamils continue to be denied their legitimate rights, anguished over reports of unspeakable atrocities there.
Subramanian Swamy, Janta Party President: I’m not surprised, this is all drama. What is the meaning of withdrawing your support and all your ministers? If they’re serious they should write to the President that they’re withdrawing support. This way tomorrow or after one month, they will come back saying it’s a new circumstance. Communalism ko fight karna hain, desh khatra main hain. These are useless symbols. I think Karunanidhi is scared of Jayalalitha and therefore he doesn’t want to be left behind.
Praful Patel, NCP leader: Let us not jump to any conclusion. The DMK has said they could reconsider if Parliament passes resolution.
Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader: We need to see whether support will continue from outside. The government is already unstable. It will lead to more instability.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP Vice President: We are always ready for elections.
Ram Gopal Yadav, Samajwadi Party: DMK has still not sent their letter to the President so they haven’t withdrawn support. Samajwadi Party will continue to support the government.