Sensing some trouble, Congress high-command has deputed three senior ministers to negotiate with the DMK chief. Defence Minister A K Antony, Finance Mister P Chidambaram and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad held two-and-a-half-hour-long discussions with Karunanidhi on Monday evening, but failed to convince him.
Karunanidhi is insisting on a resolution to be passed in the Parliament that condemns ‘genocide’ of Sri Lanka's Tamil population. He is also demanding United Nation’s Human Rights Council to "establish a credible and independent international commission of investigation in a time-bound manner into the allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity, violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law and crime of genocide against the Tamils.
DMK’s decision is likely to be followed by Samajwadi Party, which is extending outside support to the UPA government. In view of fast deteriorating support in Uttar Pradesh, the party is anxiously seeking early polls to the Lok Sabha and planning to withdraw outside support to the UPA government to force for mid-term polls. However, it has been waiting fearing that continuing outside support by its political opponent BSP will help UPA government to survive.
The only option before the Congress is to surrender before DMK Chief’s conditions, which are very delicate diplomatically for the government to follow. If the Congress fails to take lead to end present stalemate, DMK MPs are likely to convey to President Pranab Mukherjee on March 21, informing their withdrawal of support to the government.
The only hope for Congress is Karunanidhi’s statement that he would reconsider his decision, if the Government of India accepts all of its demands. Finance Minister P Chidambaram put up a brave face stating that there is no crisis for the stability of the government and it enjoys absolute majority in Lok Sabha.
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