: Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Sunday condemned attempts made in certain quarters to corner the Congress on the Sri Lankan issue.

Addressing a public meeting here, he said the stand of the Congress was identical to those of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and others including Viduthalai Chiruthikal Katchi (VCK).

Even after the DMK announced its pullout from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the Congress leadership went ahead with the task of proposing amendments to the text of the resolution to be moved by the United States in the United Nations Human Rights Council apart from preparing a resolution against Sri Lanka in Parliament, he said.

When he along with his cabinet colleagues, A.K. Antony and Ghulam Nabi Azad, met DMK president M. Karunanidhi last month, the demand came from the DMK leader for making the text of the US resolution stronger. Also, Mr Karunanidhi wanted a resolution to be adopted in Parliament. “We wanted to discuss it with our leaders. We reached Delhi at 11.45 p.m. and we could not knock at the doors of Sonia Gandhi at that time. The next day morning, we had a meeting with Sonia Gandhi. Even as our meeting was in progress, we saw the DMK’s announcement of withdrawal. We still went ahead with our work,” he said.

Stating that he was given the task of drafting the text of a resolution on the Sri Lankan issue to be moved in the Parliament as demanded by the DMK, Mr. Chidambaram said only the Congress, the AIADMK and the DMK were willing to support the resolution.

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