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Updated: March 19, 2013 10:28 IST

UPA buys time from DMK

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Defence Minister A.K. Antony, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad with DMK president M. Karunanidhi (below) in Chennai on Monday. The leaders discussed about the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka which is expected to come up for voting at the UNHRC session in Geneva on March 21. Photos: PTI
Defence Minister A.K. Antony, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad with DMK president M. Karunanidhi (below) in Chennai on Monday. The leaders discussed about the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka which is expected to come up for voting at the UNHRC session in Geneva on March 21. Photos: PTI

We want a resolution adopted in Parliament too: Karunanidhi

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has bought time from its ally DMK, which is threatening to leave the alliance, by promising to adopt a resolution in Parliament supporting two important amendments to the U.S.-sponsored draft resolution against Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

This was the outcome of the reconciliation talks, lasting over two-and-a-half-hours, on Monday between DMK leader M. Karunanidhi and Congress emissaries, Union Ministers P. Chidambaram, A.K. Antony and Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Mr. Karunanidhi had been demanding an amendment that would declare that “genocide and war crimes had been committed on Eelam Tamils by the Sri Lankan Army and administrators.”

He also sought a second amendment for the constitution of a credible, independent international commission of inquiry into the allegation of war crimes in the draft resolution.

Mr. Karunanidhi wanted India to take steps to include the amendments in the draft resolution to be placed before the UNHRC.

On Monday, he came up with a fresh demand that Parliament formally adopt a resolution in support of these amendments.

Talking to reporters after the meeting with Congress leaders at his CIT Colony residence here, Mr. Karunanidhi said the Union Ministers had promised to take steps to pass a resolution in Parliament. However, he rejected the suggestion that the new agreement had defused tension between the DMK and the Congress.

“The tension can be presumed to be defused only after our demands [for the welfare of Sri Lankan Tamils] are conceded,” he said.

On whether his optimism was not inconsistent with the remarks of Mr. Azad — who merely talked about reporting to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi — Mr. Karunanidhi said he was stating only what had been promised to him.

Asked if it was possible to bring in the amendments at this point of time, he said demands for inclusion of the amendments in the U.S. resolution had been made well before.

Mr. Azad said the DMK leader and his Ministerial colleagues discussed in detail the contents of the letter the DMK leader had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the amendments suggested by him.

This article has been edited to correct a factual error.

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I am proud of being a BJP supporter because atleast BJP takes a strong stand and doesnot believe sticking to the power at the expense of nation policy like congress. They are just sychophants who want to mint as much money as possible by sticking to power and towing down to demands of other support parties or by black mailing them by using CBI.

from:  aslam
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 at 11:15 IST

All know that India already interfered into Pakistan internal issue and separated Bangladesh from Pakistan.I'm wondering why people think India heading into other Nation's issue only if India takes stand on srilankan tamils.Dont forget that India already sent its army forces to srilanka to make harmony between Tamils and srilankan govt.what you say about this?

More on that, Srilankan navy forces killed more than 600 Tamil fisherman who lived in TN .India haven't taken any step to save those ppl.If its continuous like this, TN will be other nation to join Asia continent.

from:  G Krishnan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 at 10:52 IST

Tamils have been oppressed and mistreated in Sri Lanka for a long time even though
they helped Sri Lanka develop - especially its tea industry.

About time they got their own land.

from:  Arvind
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 at 10:40 IST

Another political drama is being played out. All these guys are seniors, well aware of what is what and who is who . But still they conduct meetings, mouth out meaningless statements, go back and forth and fill newspaper space. What is going to the end result ? Nothing ! What difference it is going to make, at the ground level, if UN passes this resolution or that resolution ? UN is another toothless tiger, just playing to the diktats of the USA. A colossal waste of time, inciting the passions of the gullible masses and playing politics. That is all.

from:  V. VEDAGIRI
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 at 10:16 IST

1. Reportedly the (UPA) government has bought time from its ally DMK,
which is threatening to leave the alliance, by promising to adopt a
resolution in Parliament supporting two important amendments to the
U.S.-sponsored draft resolution against Sri Lanka in the United
Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Whatever it be, the reported
promise to adopt a resolution in Indian Parliament is surprise
inasmuch as the resolution in the parliament of Pakistan to the
hanging of Afzal Guru has been decried by our own parliament! But,
why DMK , a constituent of UPA, must be quibbling with some
amendments proposed to the U.S.-sponsored draft resolution against
Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The DMK
is also constituent of Tamil Eezham Suporters Organisation (TESO) and
as such in consonance with the resoltuion no 4 of the
TESO which inter alia read that the "Indian Government should,
therefore, take all necessary steps to ensure a total change of environment in Sri Lanka and a life of equality and peace to
the Sri Lankan Tamils, by redeeming their political, economic and
cultural rights. This Conference urges the Government of India to
bring forth a Resolution in the U.N.O., for bestowing full right to
the Tamils in Sri Lanka to decide the political solution themselves,
which they have been demanding.” Therefore it would be apt for the
UPA Government with the DMK as its constituent to bring a
resolution on Indian parliament for bestowing full right to the
Tamils in Sri Lanka to decide the political solution themselves,
which they have been demanding.”. Of course it would be redundant
since the ethnic tamils of the island in the north and east had long
back in the 1977 parliamentary elections so cogently and
overwhelmingly voted for a sovereign Thamizh Eezham !

from:  P.Padmnaabhan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 at 10:06 IST

It is a very sorry state of affairs for UPA government. Its chief Soniaji and PM Manmohanji are being blackmailed by its partners like SP and DMK for their own self interest and are not able to stand on principles. Why doesn't PM tell DMK that foreign policy is the prerogative of the center and if tomorrow Pakistan brings up a resolution in UN that India is violating human right or causing genocide in Kashmir just because the people effected are their Muslim brothers just as Karuna is talking about Tamil brotherhood to take up internal issues of another country, what stand India can take in such a case.It is time that parties in TN reconcile to the reality that Sri Lanka is a nation unto itself and some Tamils happen to be its citizens and India cannot interfere in the domestic issues of that nation just as our Parliament objected to the Pakistan Parliament's resolution on Afzal Guru.

from:  MVJRao
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 at 09:18 IST

What a shame Congress will do anything to please them so they can stay in power.Karunanidhi and family have reaped a rich harvest by supporting congress. I do sympathize with the Tamils in Sri Lanka, at the same token the refugees from Lanka are the ones who killed our Prime Minister.

from:  Anjan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 at 08:38 IST

It is a big drama enacted by these politicians - DMK and UPA. People cannot forget them both.

from:  Honga Singh
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 at 08:12 IST

If parliament adopts such resolution,then our stand on the resolution by Pakistan parliament on Afzal Guru hanging will be contradicted.
There are similarity between issues in SriLanka as well as Kashmir

from:  Atis
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 at 06:48 IST

I am glad that the former CM holds the remote control to summon three
ministers. Good one CM. When you press that SL remote button, the centre
shakes..good. I am proud of you as a Tamilian.

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 at 06:35 IST

The center could very well have done this before succumbing to the open blackmail resorted to by an ally who has been doing it from day one when he got his pound of flesh by getting the lucrative Ministerial posts for his party. The PM for all the bravado he displayed when he took on the Italian Government clearly
showed where his priorites lie."To hell with Foreign Diplomacy and and policy so long as my seat is safe till the end of my term"is thewhole crux of the matter.It is not that I am against a tough stand in the SL matter but,abjectness is not only deplorable but despicable too.

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 at 05:47 IST

Excellent Drama enacted by Karunanidhi and the CONgress Ministers. When Thousands and thousands of people were killed in the genocide, they were all mum.. Now, shedding crocodile tears

from:  Ashok Chennai
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 at 03:34 IST

The discussion between dmkpresident karunanidhi and the congress
delegates only shows congress' keenness to stick on to power and the
ally dmk to also pull on in the upa coalition till the end of the
present tenure of loksabha. Both parties have no real sympathy with
the tamils in srilanka. They are only hoodwinking the people of
tamilnadu to show case their supremacy over other political
parties.The hidden agenda ultimately is the cases of
2G,coalscam.chopper deal,and the ensuing election to the
parliament,expected any time now.

from:  S.Meenakshisundaram
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 at 03:32 IST


Once again the question comes up - how many times (ZERO) have you rushed to TN when the people suffered here due to power cuts, water shortage (read Cauvery) and other issues..
Is survival of your Govt so important? How do you guys sleep at night- doesn't your conscience prick you?

from:  Gautham
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 at 02:51 IST

This is a joke from Karunanidhi. How many times he has said this and never pull out of UPA.

from:  ramachandran
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 at 01:41 IST
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