In a stunning development, the DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M Karunanidhi, tonight threatened to go on an "indefinite fast" from his hospital bed if the faceoff between the state lawyers and the police over the Feb 19 unprecedented violence in the Madras High Court, was not defused quickly.
"I earnestly appeal to both of you (Lawyers and Police) from the bottom of my heart to bury the hatchet; let bygones be bygones and both sides should cooperate and function harmoniously to uphold our best democratic traditions," Karunanidhi said in a statement from the hospital where he is recuperating after his recent spinal surgery.
Stating that he expected both the Lawyers and the Police to give such a positive assurance in this regard in response to his appeal, Karunanidhi said until they consented to work unitedly and give up the standoff, "I have decided to go on a fast in the hospital itself." "My decision to that effect and the date of commencement of my fast will depend on your reply," Karunanidhi said in a poignant statement.
The Chief Minister urged that whether it be the agitating lawyers or the Police, nobody should fall a prey to the ulterior designs "by some forces in Tamil Nadu" to deepen the divide and create a law and order crisis for the DMK Government in a bid to topple it over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue in the state. Karunanidhi also referred to the Supreme Court Chief Justice, Justice KG Balakrishnan's appeal to lawyers to return to work in the interests of administration of Justice.