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Friday, 23 March 2012 - 12:58
A battle to take credit.
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The ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK, a key UPA component, yesterday took credit for India's vote in favour of the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at a special session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

AIADMK supremo and chief minister J Jayalalithaa in a statement claimed that her continuous efforts in pressing the Centre over the issue yielded the desired result.

DMK chief M Karunanidhi thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi for India's vote against Sri Lanka.

DMK president M Karunanidhi, who has elevated political blackmail to a high art and who held the UPA to ransom by threatening to withdraw support if the government did not support the US-sponsored resolution in Geneva, has reason to believe that his pressure tactics worked.

His unrealised dream, he said, was a “Tamil Eelam”, a separate homeland for Sri Lankan Tamils.


In Tamil Nadu, there was jubilation among both the Dravida parties as well as other smaller nationalist parties over the outcome of the vote coming as a shot in the arm for them in political terms.

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