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TESO conference in Delhi, DMK to escalate Eelam Tamils’ issue

Chennai/New Delhi, Mar 7 (): The TESO conference,backed by DMK  is to be held in New Delhi today,March 7 where DMK will escalate Eelam Tamils’ issue and step up pressure on UPA government to vote for US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka and make it accountable for its war crimes.

For  the Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation (TESO) conference to be held in the national capital, DMK treasurer M K Stalin arrived in New Delhi yesterday.

Along with Stalin, D K leader K Veeramani and VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan  have also left Chennai for Delhi on Wednesday to take part in TESO meet. DMK is believed to have invited 22 political parties for the TESO meet.

Speaking during the discussion on the motion of thanks to the President for his address, DMK MP Elangovan said that the Presidential address had failed to address the Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue and that the Congress have left the DMK in the lurch. He also reiterated that India should consider tough actions including economic sanctions against Sri Lanka for violating human rights of ethnic Tamils in the island nation and hindering their proper resettlement.

Earlier,Congress party MPs and Union Ministers are said to have briefed AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi about the need to take part in the TESO conference in Delhi. Rahul Gandhi has asked AICC general secretary Gulam Nabi Azad to discuss the issue with party president Sonia Gandhi to arrive at a decision.

TNCC president B.S. Gnanadesikan nevertheless made it clear that the Congress would not give in to the DMK’s stand that a separate Tamil Eelam alone would be a solution to Sri Lankan Tamil issue. He added that they are with the Tamils and want to secure rights for them on par with the Sinhalese. But they need  to achieve everything within a united Sri Lanka,quotes The Hindu.

The DMK-backed TESO has also called for a 6am-6pm general strike in Tamil Nadu on March 12 to push the central government to back the anti-Sri Lanka resolution to be tabled by the US later this month at the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at Geneva.

On Tuesday, with the air in Tamil Nadu thick with anti-Sri Lanka sentiments  brewing across political parties and pro-Tamil activists, the DMK-led TESO held a huge rally close to the Sri Lankan deputy high commission in Chennai.