Karunanidhi to push for Ealam

DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Sunday announced that a conference would be held in Villupuram to pave way for a separate Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka.

Addressing a public meeting on the occasion of his 89th birthday celebration in Chennai, Karunanidhi said the Sri Lankan Tamil Reclamation Conference would be organised by the recently revived Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation.

Karunanidhi said that the Sri Lankan government is suppressing the rights of Tamils. “We would hold the conference in Villupuram to pave way for creation of separate Tamil Eelam in Lanka,” he said, adding that besides his party, Dravidar Kazhagam and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi will take part in the conference.

Earlier, leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and Tamil superstar Rajnikanth extended their birthday greetings to Karunanidhi over phone.

He paid homage at the memorials of his mentors, DMK founder C.N. Annadurai and Dravidar Kazhagam founder E.V. Ramasamy.

Party workers who had come from various parts of the state to have a glimpse of their leader thronged DMK headquarters, Anna Arivalayam.

Supporters were at their innovative best with posters around the city sporting pictures of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar alongside Karunanidhi.

The posters in Tamil said that while the cricketing legend had completed the feat of 100 international hundreds, their Thalaivar Karunanidhi was approaching the mark as he turned 89.

At Arivalayam, party workers showered the DMK leader with a slew of goodies, including carefully done crown, garlands made of rupee notes and their replica. (Deccan Chronicle)