Chennai, July 31 (): Senior Sri Lankan Parliamentarian Somasuntharam Senathiraja had met former chief minister and DMK chief M Karunanidhi here in Chennai. The meeting between the two lasted for an hour in which it was believed they discussed about the matter of Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization (TESO) conference that is likely to take place in the city on August 12.
Senathiraja is the general secretary of the Ilankai Thamizh Arasu Katchi, which is the chief constituent party of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).
“Despite the fact that some of the leaders from Tamil Nadu oppose Tamil leaders from Sri Lanka and other countries, we are getting valuable inputs from most of the seniors in the Tamil Diaspora. The Sri lankan leader after meeting Karunanidhi expressed TNA’s willingness to be one of the participants in the conference. Apart from the Tamil leaders of Sri Lanka, some more Sinhala leaders who have been fighting for the Tamil cause like Vikrambahu Karunaratne have also ensured participation in the conference,” said a DMK party spokesman.
The visit of the Sri Lankan leader assumes significance as the DMK chief made a spectacular U-turn on the agenda of TESO which created condemnation in the midst of political circle in the state. Karunanidhi’s sudden change in the TESO agenda came in view after P Chidambaram made a visit to his residence last month requesting Karunanidhi not to bring up the Eelam demand during the TESO meet.
Earlier when justifying his move to drop the Eelam demand from the TESO conference agenda, the DMK chief said that the party does not want to create any sort of confusion as they intend to ensure safety and a good living to the Sri Lankan Tamils at this juncture. Karunanidhi however, denied that Chidambaram made any sort of request to him regarding the Eelam demand during the TESO meet.
Several leaders, including Farooq Abdullah, Sharad Yadav and Ram Vilas Paswan are also believed to participate in the TESO conference to be held in Chennai.