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UPA stable despite DMK pull-out,says P Chidambaram

He says govt is holding consultations on DMK demand for Parliament resolution on Lanka Tamils issue.

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said the UPA has taken note of the DMK decision to leave the alliance,but added that the Congress-led government is still stable and enjoyed a majority in the Lok Sabha.

“Let me assure everyone that the government is absolutely stable and enjoys a majority in the Lok Sabha”,he said minutes after DMK Chief Karunanidhi announced that he would withdraw his party””s support.

“The DMK leader has said he will review his decision if we pass a resolution in the house. We have taken note of that also,” Chidambaram said.

“We are considering the two core demands of the DMK. We are consulting other parties for a resolution in Parliament,” he added.

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The DMK on Tuesday pulled out of the UPA Government over the issue of alleged human rights violations of Sri Lankan Tamils.

Addressing media in Chennai,Karunanidhi said: “DMK continuing to support the Central government under these circumstances is impossible. Even if the LTTE is vanquished,our support for the fight of Tamil freedom and human rights is not over.”

“We totally support the revolution in Sri Lanka and the rights of the Tamils,we have fought for their rights,” he added.

The DMK has also ruled out any question of giving outside support,but said it might consider changing its stand based on the government’s stand.

“If Parliament passes a resolution before the vote in UNHRC,we might change our stand,” Karunanidhi said.

Karunanidhi had earlier said India should strongly urge the establishment of a credible and independent international commission of investigation into the allegations of war crimes,crimes against humanity,violations of international human rights law,violations of international humanitarian law and genocide against the Tamil people.

The U.S.-sponsored motion puts the island nation in the dock over alleged war crimes and rights violations against Tamil civilians during the final phase of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The resolution is moved by the US for the second time. Last year,India had supported a similar resolution.