New Delhi: A day after withdrawing support to the UPA, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) hardened its stand on Wednesday as the five DMK Ministers -- S S Palanimackam, S Gandhiselvan, S Jagatrakshakan, M K Alagiri and D Napolean -- submitted their resignations to the Prime Minister.

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After Trinamook Congress’ exit from government in September last year, DMK’s decision to sever ties with the UPA is another terrible blow to the government which also signifies that the ruling coalition is fast withering away. DMK has 18 members in the Lower House and it was second largest constituent of UPA after Congress.

Now the UPA government’s dependency on outside supporters especially Samajwadi Party and BSP has increased. The two major political powers have been critical to the UPA government’s policies on several occasion but they have been providing breather to the government in the name of stopping so called communal forces from acquiring power at the Centre.

Meanwhile, Parliament was disrupted on Wednesday as the DMK and AIADMK raised the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils. In the Lok Sabha, members from DMK and AIADMK raised the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils. Similar scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha, forcing Chairman M Hamid Ansari to adjourn the house till noon.

The party ruled out any reconsideration after it formally withdrew its support to the UPA over the Sri Lankan Tamil issue.

On Tuesday night, a five-member DMK delegation headed by TR Baalu handed over a letter by party supremo M Karunanidhi to President Pranab Mukherjee at 10.30 pm at Rashtrapati Bhavan withdrawing support of its 18 Lok Sabha MPs to the UPA government.
Asked whether there was a possibility of reconsidering its decision, Baalu said, "Who said there is a window of resolution. After having submitted the letter of withdrawal of support, where is the window of resolution."
Baalu parried questions on whether DMK will extend outside support to the UPA, saying, "We will do whatever our leader (Karunanidhi) decides".
DMK has been pressing ahead with its demand that India should push for amendments to a US-sponsored resolution in UN Human Rights Council so that it calls for an independent international probe into "genocide" of Sri Lankan Tamils in the island nation.

The DMK has 18 seats in the Lok Sabha as part of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's coalition, which already rules in a minority.


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