A conference to support the rehabilitation of Sri Lanka’s Tamil population looked like running into trouble on Friday, with the Tamil Nadu government telling the Madras High Court that it can not grant permission for the event.
The Tamil Eelam Supporters Conference (TESO), sponsored by the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), is scheduled to be held at YMCA grounds in Royapettah in the city on Sunday.
State advocate-general A. Navaneethakrishnan told judges Elipe Dharma Rao and M. Venugopal on Friday that the venue will give rise to several problems as it was located in the centre of the city.
The response came as the court was hearing a public interest litigation.
Navaneethakrishnan said an application for conducting the meeting was submitted to the city police on July 29 and on Aug.8 the police had sought certain clarification from the organisers.
He pointed out that the DMK mouthpiece “Murasoli” was saying that 100,000 people will attend the event, but the venue cannot hold more than 8,000 people. But the DMK’s lawyer said the organisers had permission from the YMCA.
The central government said it has no objection to the conference. Additional solicitor-general of south India, M. Ravindran, said the Centre had not raised any objection to the participation of foreign nationals in the meet. The judges directed the city commissioner of police to consider the representation of the organisers and pass orders.
DMK chief M. Karunanidhi last week said the demand for Eelam (a separate Tamil land in Sri Lanka) will not be a topic of discussion at the conference, cooling Congress nerves as the Centre was worried about the possibility of such a demand irking Colombo. (The Gulf Today)
KARUNANIDHI is trying to use tamils issue to regain power in Tamil Nadu, Its a known factor
Saskia Sunday, 12 August 2012 10:49 AM
Miss Aspara, do you know the history of tamils in Srilanka? Before the portugees, dutch ans british colonization, there was no united Sri lanka at all. There were only tamil and sinhala kingdoms. It was a big mistake of British that they united all the kindoms for their ease. If not, we already have a separate country.
Richardson Sunday, 12 August 2012 04:02 AM
We have some loose cannons too. Must throw them out for scrap iron.
Mr. B Wijeyasingha Saturday, 11 August 2012 07:37 PM
The very fact that TESO has been resurrected and New Delhi to date has not taken any actions to dissolve it is bad enough. Now with the help of the DMK, TESO is going to have a meeting while dismissing that this meeting has anything to do with Eelam. If the Tamil Eelam Supporters Org. is going to meet what are they going to talk about? the weather and one's health?. This is one of the first steps for a 2nd attempt to divide Sri Lanka and the Rajapakse government should see this movement as a national threat which New Delhi refuses to address.
Thamby Saturday, 11 August 2012 05:03 PM
Tamil nadu leaders have no brains and no shame. If they are helping the Tamil race than why are the Tamils running as bogus refugees, burning passports,lying and teaching their children to lie ,virtually begging for bogus refugee status. Why don't they take their own kind. Knowing that a separate is never possible. The only solution is have a heart to take their countryman back and live happily. So simple.and they never thought about it!!!!
Apsara Saturday, 11 August 2012 02:59 PM
"Ealam" means separate state. No matter what the South Indian Tamils say they are looking for a separate place to call home. The Tamils in India have protested to keep their language as the first language in India too. In India Hindi is spoken every where , maybe not fluently , but the Tamils do not. Not a single country in this planet has ever given minorities the kind of advantages they are asking .Ex: In Malaysia,Singapore,Africa,Carribean. Do not forget the Tamils are 12% of the Sri Lankan population. Let's see the US government giving the Hispanic population the priviledges the Tamils are asking.To be able to live in peace where ever you go is a skill. Tamils are causing trouble over the Sri Lankan issue after immigrating to other countries too.
Jagath Leanage Saturday, 11 August 2012 02:07 PM
"Peace" is a word which come from within. I have spoken to many of my Tamil friends. They are dishearten for what is happening now. Government and their officials should start discussions with TNA. Better late than never. Otherwise, another uprising is on the card.
Cyclops Saturday, 11 August 2012 01:22 PM
Let them fight it out as long as they do it in their own backyard!
Suresh Saturday, 11 August 2012 01:00 PM
Whatever it may be why should TN need to involve in that. SL Tamil can and will handle the issue. Poking issue of others no need.
CHANDRAPALA Saturday, 11 August 2012 12:18 PM
Barking on the roof top.
Muhandiram Saturday, 11 August 2012 09:02 AM
Taste of own medicine
Raj Saturday, 11 August 2012 08:54 AM
Suresh - SL know how to take it forward - are you sure ? What have they done for the past three years?
RajasH Saturday, 11 August 2012 08:16 AM
a mere 2million Tamils in Sri Lanka irritating mighty India. Indian politicians both in the centre and in TN are bunch of jokers.
pol atha Saturday, 11 August 2012 07:21 AM
very happy to hear. take care own problem.
Nodrog Saturday, 11 August 2012 03:19 AM
These jokers can't even agree with each other in their own backyard and they want to help the Tamils in SL. This 'concern' for Tamils seems to point towards a vote building exercise and nothing else.
Mario Saturday, 11 August 2012 05:46 AM
We need an international forum to talk about these issues, Indian Central Government should mediate this, not some individual or party, Jeyalaitha should take the first step.
Godagampala Rohana Saturday, 11 August 2012 05:58 AM
Is it hitching you old block Karu anywhere? You need some urgent medical attention man.
Jayantha Jayamanne Saturday, 11 August 2012 05:56 AM
You seems to be a trouble maker Karunanithy. Please don't interfere in our (SriLankan) matters anymore.
Kiris Baba Amare Saturday, 11 August 2012 05:54 AM
Old man you should retire and get back home and rest. You are a cheater man.
Amarathunga Chandika Saturday, 11 August 2012 05:53 AM
Karunanithy is asking for trouble again. He always plays double game in order to somehow come back to power.
Al Rasa Saturday, 11 August 2012 05:04 AM
All TNA and Tamil Nadu working on political lines
Nodrog Saturday, 11 August 2012 05:01 AM
Nicely said Suresh. Too bad more Tamils don't think like you.
Nodrog Saturday, 11 August 2012 04:43 AM
Neil...oh so true. Pity they can't or don't want to realize it themselves.
neil john Saturday, 11 August 2012 04:29 AM
the biggest enemy of Tamils are the Tamils.
Suresh Saturday, 11 August 2012 03:40 AM
That what Im saying, we new generation tamil dont want to interfere SL tamil issue Which will create distrust between Sinhalas and SL Tamils. SL know how to take it forward and issue should be handle properly not like MK and Vaiko. We no more believe in TESO etc.
zafee Saturday, 11 August 2012 03:45 AM
nicky karunarathna Saturday, 11 August 2012 03:23 AM
Let those lunatic hooligans to do wharever they like guys. The caravan(Sri Lanka) have to proceed and let those dogs bark. Who cares!
Shankar Saturday, 11 August 2012 03:19 AM
This conference is not for Lankan Tamil rehabilitation. This is Karunanithi;s power regaining weapon for Tamilnadu.
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