DMK supremo M Karunanidhi said that when his party on Mar 19 pulled out of the ruling coalition over the watered-down resolution presented in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meeting at Geneva, he had stressed that there is no question of outside support.
When asked about reports that the party may not allow the UPA to fall since it is supposedly worried about "communal forces" taking advantage of the situation, he described the media speculation as "mischievous". As for the aforementioned possibility, Karunanidhi maintained that DMK cannot be blamed if such a thing happens.
"Our stand is that any government at the Centre should accept our demand for a credible, independent probe into war crimes by the Sri Lankan government and the genocide besides other resolutions adopted at the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization conference. We came out of the alliance as UPA did not come forward to accept these demands," he stressed.
The TESO meet was held in the capital of Tamil Nadu on Aug 12 last year. Sponsored by the DMK, the conference demanded a separate state 'Eelam' for ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka.
The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization also urged the Indian government to condemn "the undemocratic developments in Sri Lanka and move a UN resolution for self-determination by Lankan Tamils".
Karunanidhi said on Friday that Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi chairman Thol Thirumavalavan and Dravidar Kazhagam leader K Veeramani hailed a resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly earlier this week only because it was quite similar to the ones adopted at the TESO meet.
Incidentally, his statement indicates that the DMK patriarch does not want his main rival J Jayalalithaa, the state's chief minister, to get too much credit for the Assembly resolution. Karunanidhi seems to be apprehensive that the ruling AIADMK is stealing a march over his party on the emotive Lankan Tamils issue.