Tamil Nadu

Karunanidhi clarifies why DMK pulled out of UPA

DMK chief M. Karunanidhi addresses a press conference in Chennai. file photo  

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday clarified that his party’s decision to withdraw from the United Progressive Alliance was taken only when the Union government failed to consider properly his party’s proposals for amendments to the text of the proposed resolution before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

In a statement here, he referred to reports that the United States-sponsored original resolution had been watered down after acceptance and appreciation by India of the revision.

When asked for reaction to Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s poser on the change of mind of the DMK before Parliament could adopt a resolution, Mr. Karunanidhi reiterated his point and said there was credible information that no strong language was employed against the Sri Lankan government after the text was revised for the fourth time, leaving no scope for inclusion of the DMK’s proposals of amendments.

He wondered whether it was possible to amend further the US-sponsored resolution as the deadline was over for the submission of proposals in writing.

Mr. Karunanidhi also referred to Mr. Chidambaram’s observation that when Union Minister Kamal Nath had held discussions with parties on the issue of resolution to be adopted by Parliament, many did not accept the move.

In the statement, Mr. Karunanidhi claimed that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and sections of the media against him, sought to portray his position as if it would suffice if a resolution was passed by Parliament instead of the UNHRC adopting resolution.

He condemned such criticism.

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