India’s DMK party chief M. Karunanidhi today said that DMK MPs and members of the pro-Tamil TESO will meet envoys of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group of countries, scheduled to meet in London on April 26, to demand that CHOGM not be held in Sri Lanka.
DMK, which has been opposing Sri Lanka as the venue for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) slated for November, said in a statement that its representatives will call on the CMAG members to press their demand, the Press Trust of India reported.
“I insist that the demand not to hold (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka should be discussed in detail and a decision is taken. DMK MPs and TESO members will meet the envoys of member countries of CMAG and explain in detail that the meeting should not be held in Sri Lanka,” Karunanidhi said.
The 88-year-old leader recalled that his party executive had adopted a resolution in this regard on March 25.
The DMK, which walked out of the UPA coalition over the Lankan Tamils issue last month, had in the executive also demanded that India boycott the meeting in case it was held in the island republic.
Members of Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation (TESO), a once defunct organisation revived last year by Karunanidhi, include his son M.K. Stalin and Viduthalai Chiruthaaigal Katchi founder-leader and Lok Sabha MP, Thol. Thirumavalavan.