Chennai: Union Ministers P Chidambaram, A K Antony and Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday failed to persuade DML chief Karunanidhi to change his stand on withdrawing support to the ruling UPA if it failed to move amendments to the US-sponsored resolution on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue at the UNHRC.
Reports said that the three central ministers met the DMK chief in Chennai and discussed the contents of his letter written to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
Speaking to reporters, Ghulam Azad said, “Have discussed the contents of the letter Karunanidhi had written to PM and some amendments. We wil convey his suggestions to the Prime Minister.”
The trio assured the DMK chief that the UPA government will not compromise with the interests of the Sri Lankan Tamils at any cost.
However, there was no apparent breakthrough in talks between Congress leaders and the DMK chief, who is yet to take a decision on continuing support to the UPA government.
Government had earlier said that a decision on India's stand on the US resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council would be taken only after a discussion with DMK chief M Karunanidhi.
"Our three senior ministers are going to meet him (Karunanidhi). He has certain objections, certain suggestions. They will discuss with him the proposal that is coming before the UN, how to present it. Only after this discussion, Government will take a decision," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath had told reporters outside Parliament.
Congress then entrusted the task to three senior leaders to convince Karunanidhi that centre will not compromise with the interests of the Sri Lankan Tamils at any cost.
Both Chidambaram and Antony, supposed to be having a good rapport with the DMK supremo, were sent by the Congress high command to settle the issue.
Meanwhile, Azad is also the Congress in charge of Tamil Nadu affairs.
After threatening to pull out DMK ministers from the Government on Friday, Karunanidhi had shot off letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, saying he feels "let down" by the "lukewarm" response of the government.
The US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka is expected to come up for voting at the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva on March 21.
With PTI inputs
First Published: Monday, March 18, 2013, 14:00