BJP will not back parliament resolution on Lanka

The main Indian opposition BJP says it will not support a resolution on Sri Lanka in the Indian Parliament.

Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy told NDTV that such a resolution will be seen as mainly to keep the Indian government alive and not because of the issue on Sri Lanka.

His comments came after the Indian government said a resolution on Sri Lanka is likely to be submitted in the Indian Parliament this week.

The resolution was seen as an attempt to pacify the M. Karunanidhi led DMK which late this evening formally handed over letters withdrawing from the Indian coalition government over the Sri Lankan issue.

The DMK had demanded that the Indian government push for the word “genocide” be included in the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council. The Indian government had refused to do so.

A Zee news report said that senior DMK leader TR Baalu met President Pranab Mukherjee this evening and handed over to him the letter withdrawing support to UPA government.

Meanwhile, the DMK ministers will submit their resignations to the Prime Minister tomorrow.

Baalu said the party will decide the future course of action after seeing the draft resolution on Sri Lanka.

Ahead of DMK leaders’ meeting with the President, the Congress Core Group also held a meeting to discuss the situation.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and senior ministers and party leaders.

The DMK move makes the government vulnerable despite its assertions of having a Parliamentary majority.  (Colombo Gazette)

 

Party positions in the Lok Sabha, which has 539 MPs at present as four seats are vacant, are as follows. The half-way mark is 270. UPA has 250 seats with the DMK included.

Congress 202

DMK 18

NCP 9

RLD 5

Others 16

Outside support for UPA totals 49, including:

SP 22

BSP 21

RJD 3

JDS 3

UPA + outside support equals 299

With the DMK deciding to withdraw, the strength of the UPA drops by 18 to 232. UPA + outside support in this case equals 281.

The Opposition:

NDA – 152

Left + Others 88

But the coalition, already a minority in Parliament, will be more than ever at the mercy of powerful but fickle regional parties for support, especially the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP).