The DMK has not left the UPA with much room for any kind of political maneuvering: the resolution will be placed in the UN later this week and Parliament will go into recess for a month on March 22 and on Friday, the DMK will meet President Pranab Mukherjee to withdraw its support formally. So the Congress has no room to dilly-dally. With its pullout, the Congress becomes heavily dependent on two outside supporters: the Samajwadi Party and the BSP and there is no doubt that the two will try to extract concessions from the Centre on their pet demands: for the SP, it is the implementation of the Sachar Committee report which recommended reservation for Muslims and for the BSP, it is the bill on job promotions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in government jobs. And in any case, the UPA would need a strong ally within the coalition and this over dependence on outside support is not good news. The BJP has, for its part, already started tightening the screws by saying that it is ready for an election.
It is not very difficult to figure out why the DMK took this decision: the party is keen to revive its political fortune and this is the only way it can go. Its opponent, the AIADMK, has also made a similar demand and whoever manages to prevail on the Centre first will score. Moreover, the DMK wants to increase its tally in the next general elections and the only way out is to compete in maximum number of seats and that is not be possible if it remains with the Congress. In such a scenario, the UN resolution has come to it on a platter. The Congress should not give in to this blackmail and allow political interference in the conduct of foreign relations. At the same time, it should remind the Lankan government about its promise to deliver a political and rehabilitation package for its Tamil community.