DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Friday described as “mischievous and deliberately distorted” reports that his party would go soft on the Congress-led UPA government and would offer support from outside instead of seeking to topple it.

Talking to reporters, he recalled that he had already replied to question by saying the DMK would not provide outside support to the government. He said the DMK had decided to quit the alliance and the government because the situation had reached such a pass that his party’s continuation would cause a great harm to the Sri Lankan Tamils.

Mr. Karunanidhi said whoever came to power at the Centre should accept the resolutions adopted in the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation in Chennai and the DMK executive committee’s resolution demanding change of venue of the Commonwealth meeting, which is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka.

“We quit the Congress-led UPA because it refused to accept our demands,” he said.

When told the Union Minister G.K. Vasan also had asked for a change of venue of the Commonwealth meeting, he said the Minister had said it was his personal opinion.

“If his party shared his view, we will fully appreciate it,” he said.

Asked about the resolution adopted in the Assembly in support of a referendum among Sri Lankan Tamils for a separate Eelam, he said it was on the lines of resolutions passed at the TESO conference.

“That is why Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi leader Thol Thirumavalavan and Dravidar Kazhagam leader K. Veeramani have welcomed it. To tell the truth, the AIADMK government has adopted the resolution of the TESO conference which it had sought to ban,” he said.

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