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DMK takes wind out of UPA sails

(October 18, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) Perhaps not letting go any opportunity to show its concern over Lankan Tamils, the DMK continued to pressurise the Centre on the issue with 13 of its Lok Sabha MPs, including all seven Union Ministers, submitting letters of resignation to Chief Minister and party chief M Karunanidhi.

Earlier, three Rajya Sabha MPs had submitted their resignation letters on Thursday. All resignations were dated 29 October, when the two-week deadline given by the political parties from Tamilnadu to the Centre to intervene in the Lankan issue expires.

According to Union Shipping and Road Transport Minister T R Baalu, ‘this is a voluntary act. We Ministers will not remain in office once our resignations are formally sent.’

The resignations are in line with a decision taken at an all-party meeting in Chennai, where a resolution adopted by political parties, including the Congress, the two main Left parties and the DMK, decided to ask their MPs to resign if the ‘genocide in Sri Lanka did not stop and if a ceasefire was not in place.’

Speaking to reporters later, Karunanidhi said the only factor that weighed with his party was the suffering of the Sri Lankan Tamils. The intention was not to create any problem for the UPA. Asked if Dayanidhi Maran would submit his resignation, he said, ‘Let us think of good things.’

Seven of the DMK Ministers who submitted their resignation letters are: T R Baalu, A Raja, (both Cabinet rank); Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan, S S Palanimanickam, K Venkatapathy, S Regupathy and V Radhika Selvi (all Ministers of State).

The Rajya Sabha MPs who offered to quit are: Kanimozhi (daughter of Karunanidhi), Tiruchi Siva, A A Jinnah and Vasanthi Stanley.
- Sri Lanka Guardian

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