Tamil Eelam issue: Cong reminds DMK of ‘national interest’

His remarks came in response to a question on the proposed move to hold a conference of TESO.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2012 11:10:21 am

Amid reports that the Centre was not happy over a move to pass a resolution favouring a separate Tamil nation at a meet of the revived Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation,the Congress reminded its key ally DMK to keep the larger national interest in mind.

“The DMK is a responsible political party and we do believe and we do expect that whatever they do and whatever they have been doing in the past,they would definitely keep the larger national interest in mind,” party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters.

His remarks came in response to a question on the proposed move to hold a conference of TESO on August 12 to discuss ways and means to ensure the welfare of ‘remaining Tamils’ in Sri Lanka in democratic and peaceful ways.

DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday said that he was under no pressure from the Centre over the recently revived Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation after Union Home Minister P Chidambaram met him amidst reports that Centre was not happy about a move to pass resolution at the TESO meet here next month demanding Tamil Eelam (separate Tamil nation).

Karunanidhi said the issue had not figured during his meeting with Chidambaram and ‘he did not discuss politics.’

Regarding the opposition by both DMK and AIADMK to India imparting training to Sri Lankan military personnel,Tewari said that no attempts should be made to politicise the military to military contacts between India and various other countries including those in the neighbourhood.

“There is a need to desegregate two stands and deal with it differently. One is India’s position is as regards the alleged human rights violation in Srilanka,the the other is the service to service or military to military contacts,” he said,adding that the government has gone the extra mile when the supported the resolution in the UN Human Rights Commission on the issue.

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