No change in stand on UPA govt, won't give outside support, says DMK

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 25, 2013 07:50 hrs

Chennai: Senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leaders, after pulling out of the UPA, met in Chennai on Monday and despite differences of opinion among factions decided not to lend any outside support to the Congress led government at the centre, said reports.

The emergency executive meeting of the party has ended.

The development was confirmed by DMK leader Tiruchi Shiva to Zee news, “The party will not offer even outside support to the UPA.”

The meeting was held to pass a resolution against the UPA government for not taking a tough resolution against Sri Lanka at the just-concluded Geneva session of the UN human rights body.

At the meet, DMK leaders discussed the party’s future course of action over the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. They also deliberated on the future strategy of the party after pulling out of the UPA.

The DMK's executive met to pass around 12 to 15 resolutions, one of which was expected to be the demand for New Delhi to stop the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Colombo later this year, said media reports.

Sulking Alagiri skips meet

However, DMK supremo M Karunanidhi's elder son MK Alagiri, who had separately handed his resignation letter to the Prime Minister, did not attend the executive council's session and went to Madurai, media reports said.

"Party sources said this was Alagiri's method of protesting against the fact that he had not been consulted about the DMK's decision to quit the UPA government. Sources close to Alagiri said he heard for the first time of this news on television channels. The DMK's pullout was allegedly fashioned by Mr Alagiri's younger brother and political rival, MK Stalin," NDTV reported.

Alagiri left for Madurai by a morning flight, sources said.

When NDTV asked him why he was skipping the meet, he retorted, "Am I the only one skipping the DMK executive meet? Do all invitees attend the meet?"

Earlier this week he was miffed at being kept out of party plans to withdraw from the government.

Alagiri is said to have conveyed to his father on Sunday his displeasure over the party’s decision to withdraw support to the UPA government, media reports said.

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