Heeding to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's warning that action would be taken against anyone supporting banned outfits, founder leader of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK)Tol Thirumavalavan expressed support for formation of Tamil Eelam, a home-land for Sri Lankan Tamils, but refrained from his usual pro-LTTE rhetoric.
Addressing "Tamil Eelam Recognition Conference" organised by his party here last night Thirumavalavan, an ally of the ruling DMK, made sure not to make any direct references to the banned LTTE and its leader V Prabhakaran.
However, he spoke in favour of separate Tamil Eelam saying that it alone would ensure "home" for ten lakh Sri Lankan Tamils who had fled the island due to ethnic conflict.
A resolution was also passed to this effect. He also urged India and other countries to recognise Tamil Eelam.
Two days ago, Karunanidhi had warned of strict action against persons speaking in support of any banned outfit. His warning came after Congress, a key ally of his government, sought action against Thirumavalavan for his pro-LTTE rehetoric and recent attack on TNCC office here allegedly by his partymen.
While avoiding direct references to LTTE and its leader, Thirumavalavan, however, defended the movement saying that armed struggle broke out only after nearly three decades of "democratic struggle" under late leader Selvanayagam failed to make any impact.
Though there was no direct mention of the LTTE at the conference, the VCK did not shy away from showing a short film which had reference to the banned outfit. The film drew cheers from the VCK cadres.