DMK ministers to meet PM today, submit resignation

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 20, 2013 05:26 hrs

A day after formally withdrawing support to the Congress-led UPA government, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) ministers will submit their resignations to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday.

A five-member DMK delegation headed by T R Baalu handed over a letter by party supremo M Karunanidhi to President Pranab Mukherjee last night at 10.30 p.m at Rashtrapati Bhavan withdrawing support of its 18 Lok Sabha MPs to the UPA government.

Baalu told media that DMK ministers will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday to submit their resignations.

On replying to a question about DMK's support to UPA government from outside, Baalu said the decision lies with party Supremo Karunanidhi.

The DMK had pulled out of the UPA Government over the issue of alleged human rights violations of Sri Lankan Tamils.

"DMK continuing to support the Central Government under these circumstances is impossible. Even if the LTTE is vanquished, our support for the fight of Tamil freedom and human rights is not over," said Karunanidhi, while addressing the media yesterday in Chennai.

"We totally support the revolution in Sri Lanka and the rights of the Tamils, we have fought for their rights," he added.

With the pullout of the 18 DMK MPs in the Lok Sabha, the strength of the UPA Government declines from 295 to 277 in the Rajya Sabha.

The DMK has also ruled out any question of giving outside support, but said it might consider changing its stand based on the government's stand.

"If the Parliament passes a resolution before the vote in UNHRC, we might change our stand," Karunanidhi said.

Karunanidhi had earlier said India should strongly urge the establishment of a credible and independent international commission of investigation into the allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity, violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law and genocide against the Tamil people.

The U.S.-sponsored motion puts the island nation in dock over alleged war crimes and rights violations against Tamil civilians during the final phase of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The resolution is moved by the US for the second time. Last year, India had supported a similar resolution.

Kamal Nath says govt "not a lame duck" after pullout of ally

Parliamentary affairs minister said on Wednesday the government was "not a lame duck", a day after DMK withdrew from the ruling coalition.

"We are not a lame duck government, we are absolutely stable," Kamal Nath said at a press conference.

"No political party has come out and challenged the majority of this government."

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