After high drama, DMK decides to hold ‘all-party meet’ over video call

Chennai: The DMK has said police denied permission for a meeting with its allies on Covid-19 slated here on 15 April and announced that it has, hence, cancelled the gathering.

The meeting will instead be held on 16 April via video conferencing, the party said. DMK chief M K Stalin said ‘the AIADMK government has made the police department to issue a notice directing that the meeting should not be held,’ in view of the lockdown.

Days ago, the DMK had announced a meeting of its allies (on April 15) including the Congress and Indian Union Muslim League to discuss the scourge of coronavirus.

The Dravidian party leader, also the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, said in a statement the police has denied permission despite his party assuring that the meeting will be held adhering to all guidelines including individual distancing.

He said his party”s proposed meet was like the several consultative meetings held at the Secretariat over the coronavirus situation in Tamilnadu.

Unlike the AIADMK government which was ‘obstinate’, the DMK does not like to do politics that ‘is against the tenets of democracy,’ he said.

“I would like to inform that the meeting is cancelled and it will be held on 16 April through video conferencing,” he said.

NT Bureau