The nearly fortnight-long crisis between the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu and the Congress-led UPA government over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue was defused on Sunday night.
The DMK decided not to press its October 28 deadline for the Central government to bring about a resolution to the crisis in Sri Lanka, failing which the DMK and several other parties had threatened to pull out their MPs from Parliament.
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told mediapersons in Chennai after a meeting with DMK president and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, “Mr Karunanidhi has assured me that he will not precipitate any crisis for the UPA Government.”
He said the ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka has been going on “for several decades and is not expected to be resolved in a few weeks.”
Also, Sri Lankan special envoy Basil Rajapakshe has in his meeting with Mukherjee and foreign ministry officials in New Delhi on Sunday, given positive assurances on key issues that perturbed Tamil Nadu’s political parties, the Union minister said at the DMK chief’s residence here.
Confirming the Union minister’s sentiments and optimism, Karunanidhi said in a separate interaction with the media that Mukherjee had told him that if all the MPs from the state resign, “it will create further complications in the Indian political scene.”
Karunanidhi said, “Responding to his plea, I told him that we will not create any crisis (for the UPA government).” Mukherjee was accompanied to the chief minister’s residence by Union Shipping Minister T.R. Baalu and Pradesh Congress president K V Thangabalu.
Mukherjee flew into Chennai on Sunday evening in a dramatic development after Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi had informed Karunanidhi on the phone that Mukherjee would meet him and personally explain all the steps taken by the Centre.
The DMK’s youth wing leader M K Stalin and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi were among those present at the talks between Mukherjee and Karunanidhi.