The TESO (Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation) conference to be held in New Delhi on March 7 dominated the agenda at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s first-ever closed door meeting with the party’s Tamil Nadu leaders on Monday.
Seeking to dispel the impression that the Congress is indifferent to popular sentiment in Tamil Nadu on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, party MPs and Union Ministers have briefed AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi about the need to participate in the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) conference to be held in Delhi on March 7.
“There is no word officially yet about our participation. Mr. Rahul Gandhi has asked AICC general secretary Gulam Nabi Azad to discuss the issue with party president Sonia Gandhi to take a decision,” TNCC president B.S. Gnanadesikan told The Hindu.
He, however, made it clear that the Congress would not subscribe to the DMK’s view that a separate ‘Tamil Eelam alone would be a solution to Sri Lankan Tamil question.Reiterating that if only the Indo-Sri Lankan accord of 1987 had been allowed to be implemented, it would have secured the Tamils in the country a state like Tamil Nadu, Mr. Alagiri said Rajiv Gandhi’s efforts were brought to nought by the LTTE.
Sources in the DMK said Mr. Gandhi was very receptive and was keen on maintaining rapport with the party’s regional allies in the run-up to Lok Sabha elections due next year.