The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee on Tuesday expressed surprise at the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s decision to withdraw support to the United Progressive Alliance government.

TNCC president B.S. Gnanadesikan said DMK president M. Karunanidhi’s announcement had come at a time when three Ministers who held conciliation talks on Monday, were still involved in discussions on the action to be taken on the issues raised by Mr. Karunanidhi. The visit itself indicated the respect the Centre had for the views expressed by Mr. Karunanidhi in his letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The Centre, he said, could take a decision on the Parliament about resolution on two important amendments to the US-sponsored draft resolution against Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council only after consulting all political parties and also other nations.

However, there was no doubt that India would support the US resolution this time also as it did earlier.

Mr. Gnanadesikan said the decision to withdraw support was unexpected. The Congress, he said, shared the concern of all political parties of Tamil Nadu over the welfare of Sri Lankan Tamils and he had insisted in the Rajya Sabha that India should take a proactive stand on the issue.

The TNCC president also referred to the DMK stand that the party would reconsider its decision if Parliament passed the resolution supporting amendments.


Describing the prevailing scenario as “confusing,” E. M. Sudarsana Natchiappan, Congress Rajya Sabha MP, said the government was working on a resolution to be moved in Parliament.

He was optimistic that an “understanding” would be arrived at soon in the issue.