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Govt hasn't responded to our warning of withdrawing support: DMK chief

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Mar 16, 2013 at 01:57pm IST

Chennai: The Sri Lanka issue has once again reached the Centre's door. DMK chief Karunanidhi said that the government has not yet responded to his threat of pulling out of the UPA government over the Lanka human rights issue. He has demanded that India must push for changes in the UN resolution on Lanka demanding an independent enquiry into alleged war crimes by the Lankan Army.

"There has been no response from the Centre on our warning that we will withdraw support. We demand the government pushes for amendments in the US resolution in the UN. We are putting maximum pressure on the government to reveal its strategy," Karunanidhi said.

Mounting pressure on the Centre on its demand to punish 'war criminals' in Sri Lanka, UPA key ally DMK had on Friday threatened to pull out its ministers from the Union Cabinet if its demand to bring in amendments to the US-backed resolution at UNHRC in Geneva was not conceded. "DMK will find it meaningless to continue in the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-led Cabinet if our demand is not obliged to," Karunanidhi said in a statement late on Friday night.

"While so many opinions on the resolution by the US are doing the rounds, DMK insists on Delhi bringing amendments to that motion, wherein those responsible for genocide are identified and an independent international probe is launched against the war-criminals within a specified time frame," he said, reiterating the party's demand.

The DMK has been keeping up the pressure on Delhi to vote in favour of the resolution. Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO), revived by Karunanidhi in 2012, had launched a series of protests, including observing a dawn-to-dusk strike on March 12 to put pressure on the Centre on this issue. The chorus for action against Sri Lanka grew stronger after pictures of slain LTTE chief Prabhakaran's son's cold blooded killing appeared in the media.

Meanwhile, colleges in Tamil Nadu have been asked to remain closed till further orders in view of the growing student protests on the issue. The protests are significant as Tamil parties try to put pressure on India to vote against Lanka in the UN human rights council later this month.

The Indian government has so far remained silent on which way it will vote. The issue was raised in Parliament by the Tamil parties recently.

(With additional information from PTI)

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