It’s cold war again between uneasy allies, DMK and the Congress. Much to the Congress party’s discomfort, the DMK will be holding a TESO (Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation) conference in New Delhi on March 7, in the wake of the fresh allegations of war crimes surfacing against the Sri Lankan government in the international media.
To arm-twist the Union Government to back the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the United Nation Human Rights Commission in the later half of March, the DMK has called all political parties to its conference causing much consternation in the Congress.
The BJP has expressed its intent to attend—it would be a good opportunity to embarrass its arch-rival. BJP’s paterfamilias L K Advani said that there is no reason why his party should not be present at the meet and a formal decision would be taken by Sunday evening.NDA ally and JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav will be attending the conference. UPA allies such as NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav have also agreed to come. So has the CPI and the BSP. The DMK’s organisational secretary T K S Elangovan said the only exceptions were, naturally, the Congress and also the CPI(M). No Congress leader was willing to come on record on the issue. CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat and Parliamentary Party leader Sitaram Yechury said they will not be participating in TESO meet.
Sounding upbeat, DMK Parliamentary Party leader T R Baalu said, “We’ve sent letters to all political parties to generate support and raise awareness about what is happening to Tamils in Sri Lanka, and the BJP leaders will be certainly coming.’’