Chennai: Bitter rivals AIADMK and DMK have
found common cause on India`s stand over US-backed resolution
against Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council meet for
alleged war crimes with both parties determined to raise the
issue in Parliament during the Budget Session commencing on
A customary pre-session briefing by Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa to her party MPs
held on Saturday is understood to have discussed the issue among others.
Both Jayalalithaa and DMK President M Karunanidhi, whose
party is a key constituent of the UPA, have been pressing the
Centre to support the US-backed resolution and condemn the
alleged violation of human rights targeting Tamils during the
last stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009.
Jayalalithaa had shot off a letter to Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh taking exception to India`s reported stand that
it was against `country-specific` resolutions at the UNHRC
and said this would amount to bailing out Sri Lanka, which is
facing war crimes allegations.
The DMK has given a notice for short duration discussion on
India`s stand at the UNHRC against Colombo.
Among other issues, the AIADMK MPs would be raising the
centre`s move for setting up a National Counter Terrorism
Centre (NCTC) and the power crisis in the state.
Slamming the creation of NCTC as an "attack on the federal
structure of the Constitutional framework", Jayalalithaa had
written to Singh demanding a meeting of Chief Ministers to
discuss the issue.
Karunanidhi had yesterday said India should, without any
further delay, announce its support to the resolution tabled
by America when it is put to vote.
DMK sources said the party would among other things would
also raise continued attack on Tamil Nadu fishermen allegedly
by Sri Lankan Navy, Katchatheevu issue and state autonomy and