Two days after offering an olive branch to the Congress, DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on Friday hit out against the party for “shutting the door on Tamils”.
Condemning India abstention from voting on the US resolution against Sri Lanka at the Geneva UNHCR meet, the DMK leader said: “The anti-Tamil decision to abstain from voting amounted to the ruling Congress shutting the door on Tamils.”
In a written statement, he added: “Despite my offer to the Congress to forgive it despite its betrayal, the Congress government has taken the decision against Tamils.” Incidentally, Union finance minister P Chidambaram had welcomed Karunanidhi’s offer to the Congress.
On the government’s decision, the senior Congress leader felt that India should have supported the US resolution. “It is my personal opinion. We should have supported it,” Chidambaram told newspersons in Chennai. There was no consensus among political parties in Tamil Nadu on the issue.
Meanwhile, foreign secretary Sujatha Singh said the decision was driven by welfare of Tamils in Sri Lanka.
India’s position on the UNHRC resolutions on Sri Lanka has always been consistent with its view that the process of national reconciliation must be expedited in a manner that meets aspirations of the Tamil community for a “life of equality, justice, peace and dignity within a united Sri Lanka”, she added.
(With agency inputs)