Chennai: Joining issue with his arch-rival and
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, DMK president M
Karunanidhi today slammed her for terming Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh`s statement on a US-sponsored resolution for
alleged war crimes against Sri Lanka as "futile" and
describing his party`s activities on the issue as "drama".
He also squarely blamed the Chief Minister for the
months-long impasse on the Kudankulam nuclear power plant.
Quoting the Prime Minister, Karunanidhi, whose DMK is a key
ally of the ruling UPA, said Singh had announced India was
inclined to vote in favour of the resolution in the UNHCR and
that India`s objective was to ensure future for Tamils marked
by self-respect, dignity and equality.
"What is regrettable about it," he said in a statement here
referring to her remarks made last night.
Jayalalithaa had described the Prime Minister`s statement
to the Lok Sabha as "non-committal and futile," holding it
made no mention of the human rights violations during the
conflict in the island nation.
He also hit out at her for saying he had enacted a drama in
2009 when he went on a fast demanding ceasefire during the
peak of the conflict between the Sri Lankan Army and LTTE as
well as the party`s announcement to stage a fast on March 22
and convening the high level committee on March 20 to press
Centre to vote in favour of the resolution.
"What did she do other than writing letters to Prime
Minister while I am prepared to fast even at this age and
prepared to pull out DMK ministers from Union Cabinet if India
did not vote in favour of the resolution," the 88 year-old
In 2009, he had went on fast without informing anybody and
after New Delhi was informed of it, then External Affairs
Minister Pranab Mukherjee had issued a statement saying the
conflict had ended and Colombo was taking efforts to rescue
trapped civilians, Karunanidhi said.
"Therefore, I recalled my fast by afternoon (of the same
day). But she had said civilian casualty was common in a war,"
On the KNPP issue, he said that it was the Jayalalithaa-led
cabinet which had passed a resolution in September 2011
calling for halting of work till the people`s fears were
allayed. This had resulted in delay in power production
besides economic losses he said, adding, she was "solely
responsible" for this.
Karunanidhi charged her with enacting a drama on this
issue, especially after having allocated Rs 500 crore special
package for the locality.