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Despite Lanka and 2G case, DMK to stand by Cong

india Updated: Mar 16, 2012 01:20 IST
Shekhar Iyer & KV Lakshman
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The DMK has no intention to allow the UPA government to fall even though the party is not too happy with the Congress on many issues including the progress of the 2G case probe and the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils.

That should come as a relief for the Congress, which is grappling with unruly Trinamool Congress, another ally of the UPA, over the issue of rail fare hike. The DMK is the largest ally of the Congress-led UPA with 18 members after Trinamool Congress.

On Thursday, TR Baalu, DMK's parliamentary party leader said, "We are with the government." DMK leaders said they had been assured by the government that it would keep the sentiments in Tamil Nadu in mind while voting in UN. So the party will wait for what India does on voting.

A party leader said the DMK's veiled warning to the UPA government earlier to back a US resolution condemning Sri Lanka at UNHRC was only posturing to "win the hearts of the Tamils and pro-Tamil parties" ahead of the Sankarankoil assembly by-poll rather than a serious threat to pull out of the central government.

Party sources said DMK chief M Karunanidhi's threat earlier that his party executive may review support to the UPA if the government voted against the US backed resolution coming up on March 23 at the human rights conference in Geneva was only to give an impression that the DMK with its 18 MPs is still a potent force, even though it suffered a humiliating loss in assembly elections last year.

Given the public outrage in Tamil Nadu over the pictures of slain son of LTTE chief Prabhakaran, Karunanidhi had to make strong statements on the issue, the sources said. Moreover, with campaigning on for Sankarankoil by-poll on, anything less would have made him further suspect in the eyes of the people who think he had "abandoned" Tamils in Lanka when the war was at its height in May 2009. Naam Tamilar party chief Sebastian Seeman said, "Karunanidhi's threat is a mere drama."