UPA's ally trouble heightens; DMK ups ante on Lankan issue

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New Delhi, Mar 19: With the UPA experiencing one blow after the other in quick successions, the recent one comes from the DMK. In an effort to put pressure on the Centre to back the US resolution against Sri Lanka in the forthcoming UNHRC session, the DMK has raised the ante and expressed its stand very clearly on the issue.

The DMK has called a high-level meeting on Tuesday to discuss the UNHRC vote. DMK chief Karunanidhi has also stated that the meeting will discuss the DMK's continuance of alliance with the UPA. The matter is back in the limelight after the gruesome video of LTTE chief Prabhakaran's 12-year-old son was released by Channel 4.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has also written to PM Manmohan Singh to rake up the war crimes issue with the United Nations. The UN resolution demands that those found guilty of war crimes perpetrated against Lankan Tamils be declared as war criminals.

Karunanidhi has been quoted as saying, "DMK will deem it as betrayal of Tamils if Centre does not support US resolution on Lanka. I can't decide on withdrawing support to centre on this. We would discuss and decide in our executive meet."

DMK MP Kanimozhi also commented in a subtle but stern way stating that the Centre will "not push" the party (DMK) to take a decision on their continuance in the UPA. She said, "That is the decision for party leaders to make. I hope the DMK will not be pushed to make any such decision and we are hopeful that the government understands what we mean." The DMK is not pleased with India's stand on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lankan Government in the UN Human Rights Council.

The Sri Lankan issue is seeing the ruling party and Opposition coming together to take a firm stand on the issue. Both the DMK and the AIADMK is demanding that India support the resolution.

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