DMK withdraws from Indian coalition

The DMK this morning announced that it is exiting the ruling Indian coalition over the Sri Lankan issue, Indian media reports said. The Tamil Nadu based political party has decided to withdraw five ministers from the cabinet.
The party said its decision is based on the Centre’s refusal to take a strong stand against Sri Lanka at this week’s session of the UN’s top human rights body in Geneva.
Adressing a press confrence, DMK chief Karunanidhi said that the Centre had failed to accept their demands on the resolution against Sri Lanka.
‘Do not see any point in giving outside support to the UPA government,” Karunanidhi added.
“We are in complete support of the Tamils in Sri Lanka,” DMK supremo said.
However giving a window to the Congress, Karunanidhi said that if the UPA government accepts their demands and rework the US resolution against Sri Lanka then he may consider taking back his words. There are 18 DMK MPs in Parliament.
Union Ministers P Chidambaram, AK Antony and Ghulam Nabi Azad had failed to persuade Karunanidhi yesterday to change his stand on withdrawing support to the ruling UPA if it failed to move amendments to the US-sponsored resolution on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue at the UNHRC.
The three central ministers had met the DMK chief in Chennai and discussed the contents of his letter written to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
Speaking to reporters, Ghulam Azad had said, “Have discussed the contents of the letter Karunanidhi had written to PM and some amendments. We wil convey his suggestions to the Prime Minister.”