New Delhi: The DMK, the second largest constituent of the ruling coalition, the UPA, has officially withdrawn support from it. A delegation of DMK leaders, led by TR Baalu, handed over the letter of withdrawal of support from the UPA to President Pranab Mukherjee at 10.30 pm on Tuesday. The UPA is in minority in Parliament now. The coalition government 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).
Emerging from the meet, Baalu said that the party would read the draft resolution readied by the government. "Let us see the draft of the the government first. All options will be discussed by the headquarters. Our leader (M Karunanidhi) has to go through the resolution. We will abide by the instructions of our leader."
He repeated that nothing short of the inclusion of the term 'genocide' in the UN resolution on Sri Lanka would be acceptable to the party. "Genocide has already taken place in Sri Lanka. The word 'genocide' is the most important thing in resolution," Baalu said.
Sources said earlier that the government had finalised a draft resolution on Sri Lanka. It will be brought before Parliament after another party meeting, the sources added. The decision to bring in the resolution was taken at the Congress Core Group meeting, hours after Karunanidhi announced that his party would withdraw support to the UPA.
Even though DMK stated that it would reconsider its stand if India pushed for a stronger resolution on Sri Lanka at the United Nations, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the government was stable and faced no threat and that consultations with the DMK would continue.
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 238 seats after the DMK withdrew support.
Outside support for UPA totals 49, including:
UPA + outside support equals 281
NDA - 152
Left + Others 88