Karunanidhi says he can reconsider pull out decision if Parliament adopts a resolution by March 21. This keeps door open for negotiations and end to the dram in next two days.
Karunanidhi told a press conference in Chennai he is pulling out of the government to express solidarity with Tamils in Sri Lanka. The DMK chief had asked for two amendments to the US-sponsored resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Commission meeting - global probe into the genocide of Tamils and action against the Lankan authorities for war crimes.
Yesterday, at a marathon two-and-a-half-hour meeting with Congress representatives and members of the central Cabinet -- finance minister P Chidambaram, defence minister A K Antony and health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad -- Karunanidhi stuck to his guns to work for a resolution censuring the Rajapaksa government and also demanded the passing of a resolution in Parliament along the lines of what the US had originally drafted for UNHRC.
"If whatever we want happens, then it means it has eased the pressure," he told reporters when asked about the prospect of a de-escalation of tensions.
"I have told them these amendments should be adopted through a resolution in Parliament. They assured me they would do the needful," he added.
Why UPA is afraid of Lanka resolution?
UPA government is wary of supporting the draft prepared by the US in during the vote, expected on March 21, in UNHRC on Sri Lanka, because it considers to be too "intrusive". It is at odds with the country's consistent stand against outside intervention in the internal affairs of countries and fraught with the risk of being used as a precedent to harass India over Jammu and Kashmir issue.