In a major setback to DMK chief Karunanidhi’s attempts to revive the defunct Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation or TESO the Chennai Police has denied it permission for a public meeting in the city Today.
The police have cited eleven reasons for denying permission including lack of adequate space at the venue, including disturbance to the Royapettah Government Hospital nearby, traffic congestion and a possible law and order situation.
Earlier on Friday, the Centre had asked organisers to remove the word Eelam from the conference title.
Although the DMK chief had earlier harped on that only Eelam would solve the Lankan Tamils crisis, he backtracked later by saying the conference would focus only on livelihood issues of the displaced Lankan Tamils.
This dilution of stand came after the then Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram reportedly briefed him on the implications.
Political analysts say this could not have come at a worse time for the DMK.
After a huge defeat in the Tamil Nadu assembly polls the DMK chief they say was consolidating his vote bank by using the Tamil card to improve his party’s tally in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.