IT SEEMS year-old standoff between the Maran family, owning South's largest private television the Sun Network'and the DMK's first family slightly eased on Sunday. Former Union minister and estranged DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran handed over his resignation to party chief M. Karunanidhi over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.
With Dayanidhi Maran falling in line, all the 20 DMK MPs — including four from the Rajya Sabha led by Kanimozhi — have sent in their papers to the party chief.
“Only on October 28, when the ultimatum (to the Central Government to get Sri Lanka stop the war against the Island Tamils) ends, I can say when all the letters will be handed over (to the presiding officers of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha). Let us wait till then,” Karunanidhi said on Sunday.
Reiterating his stand on the Sri Lanka issue on Sunday, Karunanidhi said: “The Centre should lose no further time in persuading the Sri Lankan government to stop the killings of Tamils in northern Sri Lanka. The October 21 human-chain protest planned in Chennai was also to draw the attention of the World Tamils that Mother Tamil Nadu had not failed in its duty to protect the Sri Lankan Tamils.”
Earlier in the day, Maran Junior — who only four months ago was shown door at the CM’s residence by Karunanidh's elder son M.K. Azhagiri on the DMK patriarch's 84th birthday — met Karunanidhi around 4 pm and handed over his resignation.
Support for the 'cause' continued to pour in on Sunday. Expressing solidarity with the Sri Lankan Tamils' cause, over 2,000 members of the Tamil cinema world — including film directors, producers and artistes — took out a procession in the pilgrim island of Rameshwaram, nearly 600 km South of Chennai, to condemn the killings of Tamils on the other side of the Palk Straits. The island is closer to the Sri Lanka's North-Western coast.