The DMK has pulled out from the ruling coalition UPA at the centre. Ministers from the DMK have been reported to resign over the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. The DMK has alleged that the UPA government at the Centre has not taken any concrete steps to safeguard the interests of the Tamils in the country of Sri Lanka.
DMK supreme M. Karunanidhi has also indicated that the party will re-consider the issue of giving support, if the government passes a resolution in the Parliament before Friday, condemning the alleged atrocities by the Sri Lankan government over the Tamils.
Amidst high political drama, the DMK indicated that its ministers will be resigning by one or two days.
The game of seats
The UPA had 250 seats along with the outside support of 49 seats. The DMK constituted 18 seats. It becomes interesting now to watch the turn of events, after the DMK has pulled over.
Following is the break up of seats that the UPA is currently holding :
NCP – 9
RLD – 5
Others – 16
Apart from this, the UPA enjoys outside support of 49 with this breakup –
BSP – 21
RJD – 3
JDS – 3
UPA + outside support equals 299
After the DMK withdrawal
With DMK’s withdrawal UPA’s coalition strength is reduced by 18 seats in the Parliament. The number comes down to 232.
However with the outside support, the UPA can still manage to get 271 seats. The required number of seats for the half way mark in the Lok Sabha is 270.