Narayanasamy hopes DMK will reconsider its decision on pull out from UPA

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 19, 2013 11:10 hrs

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) V. Narayanasamy on Tuesday expressed confidence that the M. Karunanidhi-led DKM will reconsider its decision to pull out of the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre over the Lankan Tamils issue.

Narayanasamy said Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has very clearly said that the government is stable.

" I hope the DMK will reconsider their decision and in fact the demand which has been made by them, the government is considering how to approach those issues. Therefore, at this stage we cannot come to any conclusion on this," he added.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today expressed its delight with the DMK's decision, and said that it is ready for the general elections as the continuation of the government is not in the interest of the country.

"The government does not have a majority now. It should go," said BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

"We are always ready to face the elections," he added, when asked whether the BJP is ready to face the electorate.

Naqvi also poked fun at the Centre, and said that the government is on the ventilator.

"But if the government manages to run after somehow getting support from here and there then it will not be in the interest of the country," he added.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPIM) leader Sitaram Yechury commenting on the latest political developments said that DMK was in a state of confusion.

"It's right now in a state of flux and uncertainty. All that we know is that they have formally announced their pulling out of the UPA," said Yechury.

The DMK earlier in the day 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 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. (ANI)

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