In a dramatic development, the DMK, a key constituent of India’s ruling UPA at the Centre, decided to pull out of the Union government and the UPA alliance over the Sri Lanka issue today.
Reading out a terse statement at Anna Arivalayam, the DMK Headquarters, party chief M. Karunanidhi said that the Government of India had not even considered the amendments to the US resolution at the UNHRC, proposed by the DMK.
The DMK's decision was greeted by cadres cheering and setting off fireworks in the premises of the party headquarters.
Nevertheless, the DMK chief added a rider that his party would reconsider its decision if the UPA government heeds to its demand and adopts a resolution in Parliament, censuring the Sri Lankan government for alleged war crimes and genocide.
The DMK's decision came a day after talks with Congress emissaries and senior ministers, A K Antony, P Chidambaram and Ghulam Nabi Azad, failed to reach a consensus on the issue of India backing a strongly-worded resolution in the UNHRC, seeking an international, independent probe against Sri Lanka and using stronger terms like 'genocide' and 'war crimes'.
However Karunanidhi nevertheless noted that his party was prepared to face elections.
Reacting to this news, India’s finance minister P. Chidambaram said that the Congress-led government was "stable" despite the pullout of a key coalition ally in a bid to push for condemnation of Sri Lanka over alleged war crimes.
Moreover Slamming DMK president M. Karunanidhi for announcing his party’s withdrawal from the UPA over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has described the act as a “drama” and indicated it was an action which came too late in the day.
Echoing similar sentiments Leader of the Indian Janatha Party Dr. Subramaniyam Swami has noted that Karunanidhi would rejoin the government in less than a few days.
Meanwhile Congress President Sonia Gandhi today demanded an "independent and credible" inquiry into the violation of human rights in Sri Lanka even as she refused to comment on key UPA ally DMK withdrawing support to the government at the Centre.
Voicing her pain and anguish over the "denial of legitimate political rights" to Sri Lankan Tamils, Gandhi dwelt at length on the issue at the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting.
Gandhi's remarks on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue came ahead of DMK's announcement withdrawing support to UPA.
Moreover India’s equities crashed this morning, minutes after the DMK quit the ruling United Progressive Alliance over the Sri Lankan issue.
Meanwhile Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris in an interview with the Indian Express has stated that India has a moral responsibility to refrain from polarizing Sri Lanka.
Commenting on Karunanidhi vacating the UPA Centre, Dean of the Sri Pali University Professor Tudor Weerasinghe noted that his actions would not convey a significant impact on the sitting Indian government.
Moreover professor Tudor Ranasinghe also noted that the Indian Government would end up supporting the US sponsored resolution attributing it to Karunanidhi’s resignation.
It is also reported that several major protests were observed in Tamilnadu today as well forcing the Indian Centre to further pressurize Sri Lanka.