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DMK justifies quit decision

Chennai, March 21: M. Karunanidhi today cited India’s “weak resolution” against Sri Lanka to justify the DMK’s decision to quit the UPA and said his party firmly stood by the move.

“A myth was created on the resolution that something big will come out of it. But finally India ended up backing a watered-down resolution that contained none of our demands,” Karunanidhi told reporters after the US-piloted resolution backed by India, but opposed by Pakistan, was passed.

Asked if the Centre had betrayed Tamils, Karunanidhi said it did not care about their feelings. He also said a resolution in Parliament would not amount to anything as international pressure through a strong UN resolution was needed.

The DMK had demanded that India’s amendments to the resolution should describe the killings of Tamils in the final war against the LTTE as “genocide”, seek a time-bound international probe and prosecution of war criminals.

India’s representative at the UN rights panel, Dilip Sinha, said: “We reiterate our call for an independent and credible investigation into the allegations of human rights violations and loss of civilian lives.”

With a Parliament resolution also looking remote, the DMK and AIADMK’s demand for stronger measures may go unheeded and the Congress could remain isolated in Tamil Nadu on the Lanka issue.

“We have to prepare to face the 2014 elections without the DMK and AIADMK,” a former Congress MLA said.