By now, DMK's three ministers in the UPA government have submitted their resignation to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after having a formal meeting with the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
DMK was demanding that the government pass a resolution in the parliament condemning the Sri- Lankan army for its alleged inhumane act against Tamils. The main opposition party of the Tamil Nadu was also demanding that the Indian government should amend the draft resolution before the UNHRC and vote against the Sri Lankan government.
The DMK chief had sent a letter to the Prime Minister elaborating its demands formally and in response the government had sent a three-member team comprising its top three leaders - finance minister P. Chidambaram, defence minister AK Antony and health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to meet Karunanidhi.
After DMK, with 18 MPS, withdrew support to the UPA, the Congress-led UPA was left with 228 members. However, the government still enjoys the majority in the Lok Sabha thanks to the Samajwadi Party (21 MPs), Bahujan Samaj Party (22 MPs) and others who are supporting the government from outside.
Did the DMK's decision to break ties with the Congress really come all of a sudden? Was the Congress really clueless? What forced the DMK to pull the plugs, when in past the party had decided not to walk out from the UPA even after having differences with the government in matters like FDI in multi brand retail etc.
National General Secretary of Socialist Party (India) Dr. Prem Singh is of the view that the DMK's move was well planned and it came after much discussion within the party.
“As far as I think the DMK's decision to walk out from the UPA has not come all of a sudden. They have done it in a well planned manner. The DMK wants to consolidate its position in Tamil Nadu against the Jayalalitha by grabbing this issue of Sri Lankan Tamils. They (DMK) have convinced themselves that the Central government will not give into their demands. DMK did not want to miss this chance of winning the support of Tamil Nadu public,” Dr. Prem Singh told this citizen journalist .
Dr. Singh added that the DMK's move to withdraw itself from the UPA government was only politically motivated and it has nothing to do with the emotions of the Tamil people, both in the Tamil Nadu and as well as in Sri Lanka.
“There are many evidences which suggest that the Tamils in Sri Lanka were the victim of atrocities. But the way they are celebrating the withdrawal of support from the UPA, it only gives a message that DMK has played political gimmick. They have nothing to do with the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils; the decision was just on the basis of political calculations. The way DMK supporters fired crackers and distributed sweets show their heartless face. It is not the issue of celebration. It is unfortunate,” said Dr. Singh.
Senior political journalist Umesh Kumar who follows the Congress closely said that DMK will not return to the UPA clan. He said that Samajwadi Party will continue to support the government despite conflicts on the issues like Beni Prasad Verma.
Notably, there is a widespread perception that due to existing CBI cases against various SP leaders, the party is not in a position to leave the Congress.
Dr. Singh added that DMK's decision was a collective decision by the party and it was not influenced by any individual member (read Stalin).
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