Sri Lankan war crime – DMK threatens to pull out


The UPA’s key ally  DMK on Friday threatened to pull out of the Union government if the Centre failed to support an amended US  resolution against Sri Lanka to be moved at the March 21 UN session.

DMK chief  M Karunanidhi said in a statement, “India should take all efforts to bring about amendments in the US-sponsored resolution in the UNHRC which should seek an independent probe into the genocide by the Lankan government.” The resolution should also seek to identify the war criminals, he said.

Karunanidhi said, “The DMK’s continuance in the Union ministry will turn meaningless if India fails”. In recent days, the DMK chief has stepped up pressure on the Centre, strongly criticising statements of Congress leaders, including Union external affairs minister Salman Khurshid and party spokesperson Abishek Manu Singvi on the issue. Karunanidhi said the party has faced “only disappointment” from the Union government with regard to its stand on the Lanka issue. The DMK chief wondered what flawed logic impelled the Indian government to treat the island nation as a friendly neighbour.

Karunanidhi criticized Prime MinisterManmohan Singh and warned the UPA government saying, “The situation is reaching a flashpoint. We cannot watch silently.” Last year too, the DMK resorted to similar posturing on the eve of session of the UNHRC when the US moved a resolution against Sri Lanka. Photographs of 12-year-old Balachandran, son of the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, circulated by Channel 4 recently have given pro-Tamil outfits fresh ammunition for their anti-Lanka campaign. The DMK too has been quick to seize the opportunity in raising the pro-Tamil pitch.

The issue figured in the Parliament with DMK leader T R Baalu making a strong statement in the Lok Sabha “The students agitation, day by day, has become very tense. I do not know what will happen. I can only remind my friends what happened in 1965 on the language (anti-Hindi) issue. The agitation on language issue has cost the Congress to a very great extent. The congress has lost its rule in TN in 1965 and till now they could not come to power in TN,” he said.