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Union home minister P Chidambaram on Sunday reportedly conveyed to DMK chief M Karunanidhi the central government's displeasure over a move by the ally to pass a resolution to demand Tamil Eelam at a meeting of the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) in Chennai on August 12.

The TESO, which comprises supporters of Eelam (separate Tamil land in Sri Lanka) and was revived by Karunanidhi after three decades, is seen as a political strategy to boost the flagging morale of his party, which lost the 2011 assembly polls, as well as to reiterate his importance as a Tamil leader.

But such a meeting, to be organised by a key ally of the UPA government, could prove a huge embarrassment for India, whose stated international policy is for cordial ties with Sri Lanka. The nearly half-anhour discussion between Chidambaram and Karunanidhi took place at the DMK chief's CIT Colony residence in Chennai on Sunday.

The meeting comes a day after the Centre issued a notification extending the ban on LTTE. Initially, the meeting between the two leaders was described as a courtesy call ahead of the July 19 presidential poll, DMK sources later confirmed that Chidmabaram conveyed the message that the UPA government considered it ill-advisable for the DMK leader to revive the Eelam call in the state. DMK sources said Karunanidhi, too, conveyed his unhappiness with the UPA government's stand.

The issue has cropped up a day before a meeting of the DMK MPs and MLAs to discuss the presidential poll. "A lot of preparation and effort have gone into ensuring that the TESO meet is a success. We have sent invitations to all the major political party leaders, including those in the Congress, BJP, Left, JD(U), NCP, TMC and the Shiv Sena. Leaders like Sharad Pawar, Sharad Yadav, Omar Abdullah and Ram Vilas Paswan have indicated their keenness to participate in the conference," said a senior DMK leader. The DMK has also invited Tamil MPs from Sri Lanka. (The Times of India)
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  • bandara Tuesday, 17 July 2012 01:25 PM

    then why have provincial councils in SL

    Tony Monday, 16 July 2012 08:04 AM

    'Great' Roadblock. Hulk Hogan defeated Roadblock.

    buffaloa citizen Monday, 16 July 2012 08:23 AM

    Why not, if it is for the benefit of a community and the country as a whole.

    Fusion Monday, 16 July 2012 08:42 AM

    bravo raj!

    kumar Monday, 16 July 2012 08:49 AM

    In India Tamils and all the Indian citizens are treated well and they love their motherland. There is no need for them to ask for a separate country.

    kumar Monday, 16 July 2012 08:57 AM

    It is in your dream! but will not happen

    Sweat Monday, 16 July 2012 09:13 AM

    There is peace in Sri Lanka, but I guess some need to make remarks to crop up problems in this Small Country. If he (Karunanidhi) is interested in winning any position in politics, I think he should shut up about Eelam and try to devise a system to solve India's Economic Crisis. Rather sit and try to win elections by croping up devisions in neighboring countries. Oh Bravo Mr. Karunanidhi, I guess your digging your own grave.

    Desha Monday, 16 July 2012 03:52 AM

    why cant they have an eelam in chennai?

    Amarathunga Chandika Monday, 16 July 2012 03:53 AM

    Thank you Home Minister for your statement, tell Karunanithy to not to pork his fingers on SriLankan internal issues.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 16 July 2012 03:57 AM

    Hon Minister Chithamparm you are a straight forward gentleman, you are 100% correct, Karunanithy is dreaming again for Tamil Elam because then only he could servive in Politics. He is too old and his thinking power is becoming weaker.

    Godagampala Rohana Monday, 16 July 2012 04:00 AM

    Give Karunanithy a last warning to quit politics, enough he ruined his own countryman too.

    Amarathunga Chandika Monday, 16 July 2012 04:02 AM

    Its seems like Karunanithy is forming LTTE- Part 2 in Tamil Nadu. Central Govt. of India, you must deal with this guy severely.

    Nodrog Monday, 16 July 2012 04:20 AM

    Have the Eelam state in Chennai and TN and all the tamils who want it can go there.

    ind Monday, 16 July 2012 04:25 AM

    Don't worry. He is just dreaming !

    nihu Monday, 16 July 2012 04:25 AM

    In India itself Tamil dosent have place!!

    Trehan Munasinghe Monday, 16 July 2012 11:24 AM

    Finally some good news coming from India....

    Thomas Monday, 16 July 2012 04:49 AM

    Tamils of Sri Lanka do not want a separate country ( Eelam), but they want a State within the borders of Sri Lanka, with a Central Govt in Colombo, like what is prevailing in India etc

    Nodrog Monday, 16 July 2012 05:13 AM

    Soon Muslims, Burghers, Moors etc will also want their own States within a central govt.

    Silva de Mervin Monday, 16 July 2012 02:26 PM

    Yes, Mr Karuna, India does not want Eelam but whole island before it goes to Chainese hand.

    So ask for Lanka instead!!!

    idiot Monday, 16 July 2012 06:14 AM

    There are many like that in SL too.

    Mohamed Zahid Monday, 16 July 2012 06:11 AM

    no dear our intention is not that. we want to live together. we will not support for any separatism.

    raj Monday, 16 July 2012 06:46 AM

    Tamils don't want Eelam or Sate. They only want to live freely as a Citizen of Sri Lanka, to be recognized and treated as Sri Lankans not to be given labels . Every Human being (Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims etc) wishes to be treated fairly, equally, irrespective of being rich or poor.

    ind Monday, 16 July 2012 07:05 AM

    Exactly !

    ind Monday, 16 July 2012 07:07 AM

    India is a big country. Therefore they need a system of decentralized. But Sri Lanka is not big as the smallest province of India. May be 10 time smaller than the smallest province.


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