Government to address DMK's Lanka worries

A day after the DMK threatened to pull out of the government, Union Minister V Narayanasamy sought to appease the coalition partner, saying India will take into consideration the emotions of the people of Tamil Nadu while finalising its stand on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council.

“In Tamil Nadu, the issue is very emotive and sensitive for the people and political parties. Therefore, the DMK and its leader M Karunanidhi has mentioned the sentiments on that,” Narayanasamy told reporters.

The prime minister will “definitely consider all these aspects” and take a final decision, the minister said, adding that Singh had already informed Parliament that his government was committed to the protection of Sri Lankan Tamils.

Triggering a fresh crisis for the UPA government, its key ally DMK threatened to pull out of the Union Cabinet, if the Centre did not meet the party’s expectations on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka.

“If this demand of ours is not fulfilled, I categorically state that there will then be no meaning in the DMK continuing to be part of the Union Cabinet,” Karunanidhi, DMK patriarch, had said issuing a statement late on Friday night.

The DMK had issued a similar ultimatum before last year’s UNHRC meeting to mount pressure on the Congress to vote against Sri Lanka though the resolution was later diluted. With 18 MPs, the DMK is the second biggest constituent of the Congress-led UPA.

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