Karunanidhi threatens to withdraw support to UPA

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Chennai, Oct 7: M Karunanidhi, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Dravida Munnettra Kazhagan supremo on Monday, Oct 6, warned the UPA government that if the killing of Tamilians in Sri Lanka continues he will reconsider the support to the Union government. The Lankan Army is reportedly closing in on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) headquarters at Kilinochi.

Karunanidhi who was silent on the issue of Tamil killing so far reacted after the increased pressure from the opposition parties. He said the issue is brought to the notice of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. "If this continues should we be a part of the alliance? This question needs an answer," Karunanidhi said. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister warned the Congress-led UPA Government while addressing a rally in Chennai on Monday, Oct 6 to protest the attacks on Sri Lankan Tamils by the Lankan Army.

M K Narayanan, the National Security Advisor had on Monday, Oct 6 morning summoned the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner G G A D Palithaganegoda at New Delhi to convey the India's protest over the attacks. Karunanidhi said the DMK General Council would meet soon to decide the next course of action.

The people of Tamil Nadu share umbilical relations with Lankan Tamils and an estimated 70,000 people have been killed in the island nation ever since the ethnic war for an independent Tamil Eelam state began in the eighties. With talks of early Lok Sabha polls in the air it's a political tightrope walk for both the DMK and the Centre. Any failure to stop the genocide against Lankan Tamils will only make the anti-incumbency wave caused by inflation much stronger in Tamil Nadu.

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