In an all party meeting convened by DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday (October 14) many demands were placed on the table. These include India takings steps to stop Colombo's offensive, stopping all military aid to Sri Lanka and allowing passage of humanitarian aid to Sri Lankan Tamils.
Sarath Kumar, AISMK leader said, "We have all decided that the Centre should take action...military aid should be stopped...within two weeks if due action isn't takes, we will resign"
Though opposition parties like the AIADMK, Vaiko's MDMK and the BJP steered clear of the meeting, it is with the might of 37 MPs in hand that Karuna has issued this threat. Surprisingly, even the state Congress unit was supportive of the DMK chief's decision.
President of the Tamil Nadu state Congress K Thangabalu, says "We want the war to end. We are with the state government on this."
The war in Sri Lanka has always been an emotional issue in Tamil Nadu. And this latest pressure tactic comes at a time when, the Sri Lankan military claims that it is close to victory.
The central government has refused to interfere in the Sri Lankan crisis. However, the all party meeting has done some serious political posturing.